Remember the days when spambots made an effort?
You could almost believe the spam comments on your blog were written by real people. Some featured complete sentences and even had the correct punctuation. It’s only when you read the entire comment then look at the post it’s attached to that you realize you’ve been spam-blasted.
They are sneaky little buggers. They slip in a few compliments on how well you write; the importance of your work; how it was insightful and relevant to their life.
You start to *blush* while nodding your head until you come to one of two things: a link to a website for cut-rate beauty aids, or words like “I’m going to discuss this with my doctor to see if it will help with my hemorrhoids .”
Your post was about the upside to the backside of Miley Cyrus
Like too many employers today, spammers have decided to outsource their work. Which is sad in a way because with a little training, they could teach people to mix up words and write disjointed phrases. Hell, there’s a ready-made pool of politicians they could sign up who regularly mangle their speaking notes. It wouldn’t be a difficult transition.
Spammers cheap out of any sort of analytics because now I’m getting comments like this:
別にホーギーから広告やマーケティング、いくつか支 [coachbags/]coach] アウトレット[/url] 援項目がある製品を高める単なる販売 [coachjp./]coach] 財布[/url] 利益、そして間違いなくを引くもたらす視聴者の注 [coach/coach] バッグ[/url] 目をキャッチします。いくつかの関連会社与えている者資本金の資金はがたくさんありま [oakleyglasses] オークリー アウトレット[/url] す通じシークレット著者人間関 [oakley] ]オークリー サングラス[/url] 係または単にのミステ
I’m showing you one paragraph of a 875 word comment. If only this came with hot, spicy dumplings and ginger beef.
As much as I enjoy foreign films and the musical quality of the Chinese language, I’ve never written about my bad experiences with take-out Chinese food, my good experiences with Chinese take-out, the fight-style of Jet Li, or the acting chops of Chow Yun-Fat.
With a second-hand travel guide in hand and careful scrutiny I spied two words: Coach, and Oakley. A type of handbag I can’t afford and a brand of sunglasses I’m fond of wearing if I can find them on sale. I’ve never written about them either but I guess it’s like playing Monopoly. You’ll pass go eventually.
But playing the percentages game isn’t at all scientific and I wonder…how many clicks do they get from a spam like this? With a little more effort on their part, they’d know that if they commented on my Karl Urban page and suggested links to the type of hair product he uses, the suits he buys, the aftershave he likes to slap on after his early morning shower *stupid grin* I’d be much more likely to click on over to whatever shit they’re trying to sell me.
Spammers, if you want bloggers to ever — EVER — click on one of your links, you should make like Donna Summer and work a little harder for your money. Otherwise, “delete permanently” is all you’ll ever get.
How’s your spam-alytics? Are spammers missing the mark or hitting a bullseye?