Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Comment Spam Audacity

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.

3 comments:

Angel, librarian and educator said...

I went to the captcha option on Blogger, the service I use, precisely to reduce the spam. Have not thought about moderation yet, since my spam problem is not too bad. It got annoying enough to turn the captcha on, but it has subsided a bit so far. I kind of hate the idea that this is becoming an arms race between that slime and serious people (bloggers and commenters), but I guess we need to do what we need to do to reduce the crap. By the way, I have seen a variant or two of the spammer you describe. They are getting sneaky. Best, and keep on blogging.

Michael said...

"I kind of hate the idea that this is becoming an arms race between that slime and serious people (bloggers and commenters), but I guess we need to do what we need to do to reduce the crap."

I agree about the arms race analogy. Spammers are clever. However, I hope if I keep comment verification on (and require registration) that I can kill most if not all comment spam.

I have another blog I keep under a pseudonym which gets a lot more traffic than this one. I kill 15-20 spam comments a week there. It is unreal!

Sheila Webber said...

Hi Michael
I think I had the same person (or someone being paid by the owners of the same website) spamming my blog too! It was the same "innocuous" comment and then the URL which gave the game away. They should know better than to spam information literacy blogs!

Sheila