Daniel Shares – Weirdest Spam Comments

Bookish Topic Tuesday (felt like I should share some of these, it’s not quite book related, but)

Daniel Shares

Weirdest Spam Comments

So over the year and a half (wow time has flown), I’ve gotten some pretty strange comments, which thankfully have all been caught by Akismet, which is WordPress’ spam filter. So I thought I would share them with you, they’ve been saved from the spam filter to be shown here. Just to put things in perspective about how much spam I get, over the life of the blog I’ve got 8,888 spam comments (1,500 of them last month!), compare that to only 182 legitimate comments. I’ve only had 4 spam comments creep past the filter, and only 4 comments get trapped in the filter (as far as I know though, but they were caught because of a link).

But just what is spam? Well, it’s all these comments which have the main purpose of basically link-dropping. People or usually ‘robots’ leave links to sites which are probably littered with viruses and advertising to get money, with some scams to, in the hope that other people head over there. In addition, the more links to a website the better it’s perceived ‘ranking’, since it’s expected that if more people link to it, then it must be good. Though these days, Google have figured out ways to filter out the phony, spam links.

Usual spam looks like this:

I constantly spent my half an hour to read this
webpage’s posts everyday along with a cup of coffee.

Which doesn’t really look like spam, it looks like an almost sincere comment, but, it isn’t, there are usually links in the comment itself, or there are links next to the comment which is what happens if I post a comment somewhere, so people can find their way to the site.

Then there are ones like this:

I’m really loving the theme/design of your weblog. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility problems? A number of my blog readers have complained about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome. Do you have any recommendations to help fix this issue?

Again, seems innocent enough, but the link provided goes to a pretty dodgy site. Since many of the comments seem innocent, new bloggers definitely need to be on guard, otherwise their blog just becomes spam feeding grounds.

So onto the more interesting spam that I’ve seen:

These are all activities encouraged by the Catholic Church.
Apple created a way to completely shut that program down rather
than having it hibernate like it normally would if you just hit
the home button and speaker. The Journal also reported
that Sprint would be getting this quality bump sooner or later to reduce overage fees, if nothing else.

That one just makes no sense, it’s just a combination of sentences, but that’s pretty common of spam, it’s all random.

The Royal Family as well as other persons who have declared loyalty to Sealand have occupied Sealand ever
since. Think than it this way, now, as opposed
to filling your pool using one single hose, you can have
hundreds of hoses to fill it up with. Basically, it’s like filling your children’s pool with water.

This one just makes me laugh, ‘Sealand’, what are they talking about? It’s makes even less sense than the first one!

Pizza was called (and is still called) tomato pie and pizza pie in certain parts of the States. You can often buy these at home improvement stores, in the outdoor grilling sections. Although the creation of flat bread with toppings resembles a green-onion pancake, it remains a mystery still whether the history of pizza starts with China.

Now I have no idea if pizza is called tomato pie and pizza pie (I doubt it), but I don’t think you can buy it at home improvement stores! Again, I just laugh.

Steve Not any. Several, 7

Who’s Steve?

Your article is here, the feeling of a mere individual can bring in more.Let these people from every corner of the world, even in the heart with eudaemonia. We are not solitude.

They even create new words: eudaemonia!

Well that’s all the spam for now, I’ll take note of any other interesting ones I come across! And next week I’ll get back on topic, back to books!

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3 responses to “Daniel Shares – Weirdest Spam Comments

  1. kirksroom

    Those are some very odd spam comments. Yes, bloggers definitely need to be careful about not letting these comments in.

  2. I laughed at some of these comments. I’ve gotten a few of the same and most are incomprehensible! (I also seem to be get a lot of “sex dating” ones lately..)

    • It’s good that there is one good side to spam: that we can laugh at it. Sadly it’s so pervasive, WordPress gets a lot, apparently around 80% of comments on WordPress are spam… that’s a lot of spam!

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