I have been using WordPress for 7 weeks now and while I have not done a lot of posts and still getting the hang of everything, I have been surprised by the amounts of spam comments that I have been receiving.
I have so far received 17, but I would guess that if this blog ever did get popular, I would receive a lot more.
The first one I received was about a month after my first post and it simply said:
“Great article, totally what I needed.”
At first, I was elated! Someone had read my blog and appreciated it! But then I inspected it more closely. The article they had posted it on was on the ‘Hello – My First Post” one. The article with nothing particularly useful on but simply shows my plan.
I don’t doubt that someone could think that it was a “great article”, but to be what they totally needed: really?
I looked at the username: rolex Replica.
Then my elation soon turned into a big sigh. It was spam.
And they kept coming. But they are a little more obvious and in some ways, their grammar is funny.
Take this one:
“high quality wedding dress, Interested in the contents of your content is very lovable’s a I Purchase of high quality wedding, your content, I really like post.”
Where do I start with this one? “Interested in the contents of your content is very lovable’s”. It looks like two things have been merged into one comment.
The user ‘get to google page one’ wrote:
“Wow, awesome weblog layout! How lengthy have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The full glance of your web site is excellent, let alone the content!”
How lengthy have you been blogging for? Really?
I could be here all day showing you these but instead, here is a list of characteristics of a spam comment:
1) Terrible grammar. To the point where it looks like they have taken whatever Google Translate has given them and posted it.
2) Vague. They often say things like ‘nice content’ or ‘just the information I was looking for’, even if you didn’t provide any information.
3) Flattery. They will often compliment whatever blog post they have posted on and the blog as a whole, to the extreme such as “Magnificent points altogether, you just received a emblem new reader”. Receiving compliments are nicer from real people.
4) Names and Links. They will often put a link in the comment to get you or your readers to go to whatever they are trying to achieve. Their names are also massive clues to what spam they are selling e.g. “solar panels for your home” or “back pain cure” or “get to google page number one”.
Let me know any funny spam messages you get and what kind of steps you take to prevent them! I will be looking into it and doing a follow up post soon!