Blog Spam Hits the Headlines

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The Guardian (UK) don their finest Columbo coat and investigate blog spamming affiliates.

The article has few revelations, beyond the aside that TradeDoubler - currently mid-sale to AOL for $900m - claim to have been unaware of another case of a blog spamming affiliate in the last four years.

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This leads into the really

This leads into the really obvious way to reduce the amount of spam, go to the money source. Whether it's Google funding spam with Adsense sites, or Affiliate programs funding blog comment spam or email spam, cutting the money source is really going to be the only way to effectively reduce spam.

Self Spam or Sabotage Spam

Now I'm sure no one who's capable of building a comment bot, would ever think of spamming for their competition (with sub optimal anchor text) to get them banned, or in trouble, nope that would never happen ...

They've Got Some Front

Last week I saw a referral in my logs to an article on the Guardian newspaper website. Naturally I went to look, thinking I had a nice IBL - not a mention anywhere - spam !

My guess was, they got someone to do some SEO and in order to show an increase in traffic the 'SEO' did this.
Not good for the newspapers image whether they knew or not !

um typical guardian poor quality story

Just install wordpress and akismet

Spam problem goes away I have had 3 total spam messages make it past akismet into my moderation queue (and thats 20+ client blogs plus at least 6 our own blogs)

If someone wants to comment

If someone wants to comment on your website and leaves their website, and it's a human and not a bot...why is that considered SPAM?
Just something to think about...

usernames

usernames like 'virtual hosting', 'wow gold', or even 'loans' are pretty a typical. Especially when it's their first comment and they joinded a site within a reasonably short proximity th their first comment.

Heh Heh. "Why is it bad for

Heh Heh. "Why is it bad for a human to leave a comment?" asked loans. Heh heh.

@loans "why is that considered SPAM?"

Because I'm sick of your shitload of "great site <link>loan</link>" crap and I don't care whether I'm insulting you or your bot when I call you a fuckwit.

its probably considered spam

If someone wants to comment on your website and leaves their website, and it's a human and not a bot...why is that considered SPAM?

This is one of the most retarded questions I have ever seen

As much as I like loans...

I always thought about changing my name to Robert Oot so I could be "root" when signing up for accounts.

>> If someone wants to

>> If someone wants to comment on your website and leaves their website, and it's a human and not a bot...why is that considered SPAM?

Actually, I think that's a perfectly fair question. What most blog owners get upset about (and please correct me if I'm wrong here) is that automated systems leave lots of keyword stuffed, irrelevant comments that are simply trying to take advantage of SEs amazingly high regard for blogs. That creates work for them, sorting out the relevant comments from the automated exploit attempts

If I visit a blog, and read an article / post, and make a reasoned, relevant comment, why EXACTLY is it spam if I also choose to point the link at a loans site? Even leave my username as loans? Would it be better if I pointed at a different site instead? What if that site subsequently pointed to my loans site? Would THAT be spam? What if I left comments as "Googleguy", and pointed at google.com? Would that be spam? You can hardly argue that google.com isn't a commercial site

>> usernames like 'virtual hosting', 'wow gold', or even 'loans' are pretty a typical.

Yup. But if the comments are real and relevant, does it matter? You've made the odd comment to the effect that you don't like Google telling you how to run your online life - why should you get the right to tell anyone else how to run theirs?

>> "great site loan"

Yup, that sucks. I clear out Akismet most days. OTOH, if someone wants to leave me real, quality comments, I don't care if they call themselves buy-cheap-viagra-online-while-plying-texas-hold-'em-with-a-payday-loan. I'm not too keen on the link drops to, um, "watersports" sites though, even if the alleged name of the poster looks real...

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