I am increasingly entertained by blog spam. Since I started reposting (from my phone, no less), I must concede the quality of my writing has declined and yet the quality of spam improves daily. What was once gibberish and quotes copied and pasted from somewhere else has become obsequious pidgin prose. [update: I'm not the first to blog about this...see an even funnier post here.]
Comment spam is when people submit comments on my blog, the sole purpose of which is to receive a reciprocal hyperlink. The comment form allows you to include a URL which is then hyperlinked to your name. This is intended to boost the search engine ranking of the spam site. It is a form of link-building (although, it does not work, since my comments are all identified as “nofollow” to search engines.) Nevertheless, somewhere out there, there are people (or automated programs) breathlessly awaiting my next post, so they can contribute their pensive genius to the stream of consciousness that is my blog.
Check this one out:
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I get 3-4 of these per day which I strive to delete immediately. The one appears to have originated from Kansas City, MO, and linked to a website that looked like it kept a bunch of 5th graders busy cranking out content for weeks.
Now sometimes it’s a bit harder to identify spam. This one is the best I’ve seen lately…it is remotely possible it came from a genuine reader:
Whats up this is somewhat of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
But then I followed the link to the website and found a whole blog of nonsense posts (please hold your clever digs at DaveWrites!). So, in the end, more garbage–and more questions from me. Are these people being paid to do this? Is it fun?
What might be fun is to analyze the patterns of broken English and idiomatic inconsistency. Perhaps people who speak different languages make mistakes in English differently. Or maybe there is a secret code in there…a whole underground way of passing messages between subversive organization via the comments on my blog. I’m sure the NSA is on top of that…but you might need to wear an aluminum foil hat to make any sense of it.