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False Comments? They’re using real commentators’ names…

Any of you other bloggers having this problem? I’ve started getting comments, ostensibly from real bloggers. But…the format is something like this:

Name: Mrs. Micah

E-mail: [email protected]


Text: Random and strange text that makes no sense like “Thanks, and a belated happy holidays to you.

Anyway, I’m deleting them. If you see one that’s not from you, don’t panic because I’ve started scanning over every entry to make sure things are kosher.

The reason they’re doing this is because these commentators are including links to commercial sites. And they’re probably paid to leave spoof comments on blogs so as to increase the linkbacks to the sites. To the people doing this: Get honest work. Seriously. Even honest spam, for goodness sake.

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July 18, 2008 at 6:28 am


Minimum Wage February 16, 2008 at 5:33 pm

I’ve seen some of these posted on Craigslist. The spammer usually gets paid only when people sign up or buy something on the promoted website, so the individual spammer is likely to give up quickly.

This reminds me, I get email spam, but lately I’m getting a bunch of stuff that some idiot didn’t even bother to spellcheck.

Like “Your refiinnance options” (sic) and a lot of pharmacy spam, except the senders also cannot spell. Like “Your pharmaccy order” (sic) I don’t even bother to read it because I didn’t order anything and I certainly wouldn’t order anything from a pharmaccy.

Kris February 16, 2008 at 5:53 pm

I’ve received a few, but also comments that contain nothing more than a link to someone’s blog. I screen comments now, and delete the ones that don’t pertain to a post.

Ryan [email protected] February 16, 2008 at 7:09 pm

I haven’t gotten these, although I have had out and out Spam on my blog, of course… it’s more work trying to keep that under control than anything else.

Funny about Money February 16, 2008 at 7:58 pm

Haven’t seen any like that…yet. If spambots are sending them, they may be getting caught by’s Captcha.

But if it’s a person…jeez, dude. Bet you can get paid more than that as a telephone solicitor!

Ron@TheWisdomJournal February 16, 2008 at 8:07 pm

I’ve wondered if that could become a problem. Apparently, it can!

Martijn February 16, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Any kind of spam under the sun — someone must be earning money somewhere, even if its little. I suppose this is what they do in those small Indian mountain villages for Friday night pocket money.

Money Blue Book February 16, 2008 at 10:58 pm

These scam/scrapers…always up to no good. I read somewhere that spam now comprises over 80% of all internet traffic.

The Digerati Life February 17, 2008 at 2:02 am

Geez, now that I think of it, I got some @$%*(! comments like that from thewild1. I thought WTF! I realized I wasn’t seeing double and that these spammers were just trying to get clever. I’m so annoyed…

Kelly February 17, 2008 at 2:28 am

So far I’ve had two of these comments. I don’t preapprove comments, otherwise I *erally* wouldn’t get any work done, but I am able to go delete them asap. It’s pretty annoying, but not the worst!

John@queercents February 18, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Thanks for the heads up. I haven’t seen these comments yet. By the way, I loved “Get honest work. Seriously. Even honest spam, for goodness sake.” I can’t wait for an opportunity to say that to somebody.

Randall at CreditWithdrawal February 23, 2008 at 10:28 am

I’m not sure I even see much of a point. Most blogs have NOFOLLOW on their links, which prevents search engines from counting them. If they’re working on page rank, this blows them out of the water.

(Except here at MrsMicah, after a quick page look, she’s allowing link following).

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