Bloggers should now be familiar with the blog comment spam ruse of “X wrote an interesting post” to lure us into thinking this is a legitimate trackback, and now comes “I read a similar article also named…” to lure us into thinking this comment is legitimate.
As Tony Hung illustrated, the comment spammers use a technique that injects blog titles into comments. Since the spamming program can only handle a few variables, the comment spam phrasing is redundant, though the spammers are getting creative. Examples include:
- I read similar article also named <Post Title Here>, and it was completely different. Personally, I agree with you more, because this article makes a little bit more sense for me
- I couldn’t understand some parts of this article <Post Title Here>, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.
- This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title <Post Title Here>. Thanks for informative article.
- Hey! Nice blog posting about <Post Title Here>. I would have to agree with you on this one. I am going to look more into it. This Thursday I have time.
- Superb write up talking about <Post Title Here>. Thoroughly love your blog.
- You’ve got a nice post on <Post Title Here>. Really very nice to read and useful, thanks for the nice share.
- Hello…I Googled for <spam keywords here>, but found your page about <Post Title Here> …and have to say thanks. nice read.
- Hello webmaster…I Googled for <spam keywords>, but found your page about <Post Title Here>…and have to say thanks. nice read.
- Hey!, been surfing the net for <spam keywords> and found your blog regarding <Post Title Here>. You really know your stuff! I?d like to see more posts here. Will definitely bookmark it and come back.
Yes, these are all blog comment spam trying to fool you.
Taking Away the Power of a Possible Comment Spam
Here are some keyword phrases I use to occasionally search through my blog comments, just in case I got careless and let one slip by, or after I’ve gotten enough duplications to recognize them as comment spam.
- interesting post
- wrote an interesting post
- similar article
- informative article
- love your blog
- very nice to read
I know there are more, but those are the most common ones I’ve found. What about you?
Sure, you will find legitimate comments using these words, so they don’t work well as blacklist keywords or phrases, but I have added “wrote an interesting post” to my Comment Moderation List, which puts those comments with that phrase automatically into moderation. From there, I can go through and determine which are legit and which aren’t. So far, I haven’t found a single legitimate comment caught this way.
Kill the Link Benefits
Have a comment you aren’t quite sure is comment spam? Don’t just leave it there. Take away it’s power.
If you find you have a comment that is suspicious, you have the right to delete it or edit it. By editing the blog comment, you can delete any links within it, even from within the comment form’s URL/address. You can change the commenter’s name, too, if the name words are too spammy. Blogs are content and you have the right to edit your blog comments and the information that appears on your blog.
If the comment is legitimate or not, it won’t matter because the whole reason for the benefit to spammers is now gone. The value of the comment as content, information, and feedback is left in tact. The potential spammy link is gone. You can relax. It’s that easy.
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