I screen all of my comments before they go live on this blog and several others that I have. I have been forced to do this due to the high amount of comment spam I receive. This may discourage some from posting but it keeps my comments spam free.
I have seen obvious spam (buy Viagra now with links) to attempts to hide a spam comment as a real comment. In the latter case, there appears to be a real comment like "great blog" and other such small talk with a spam language (with link of course) hidden in the text.
I got a new one the other day. It read:
Hello,I (student) am posting to tell you that your blog is most impressive!! I would like to become a member.. Regards, make extra money. (Of course, the "make extra money" had a link on it I have removed.)
OK, the spammer is claiming to be a student who likes my blog. Nice start I guess.
The next part is new. He/she wants access to my blog (become a member) so he/she can post new entries on it? I doubt I would ever give such access to anyone but a librarian I knew but it is possible I guess. However, then comes the spam link!
If you want to gain access to a blog so you can post whole entries of disguised spam to the Web, do you not think you should at least hold off the spam for a bit and not try to slip it in on your first comment? Does this ploy work? If you spam like this one hundred times, does it work even once to make it worth your while?
I am not offended. Spammers are slime and this is the crap they do. I expect it. My comment verification (and required registration with Blogger) will never be turned off. However, I am still amazed to see the level of audacity some spammers will attempt.