Duh, Mr. Comment Spammer

Every once in a while, spam gets through my blog’s comment spam filters. It’s rare, but it happens.

And every once in a while, it’s a blatant piece of spam. How can I tell? Because the author’s name is meant to be some kind of SEO-friendly link text. Like “Free Viagra” or “XXX Porn.”

What I don’t get is, if this spammer was smart enough to get through my spam filters, why wasn’t s/he smart enough to use an actual person’s name? Like “Joey” or “Suzy?” The spammer must know that most blogs add nofollow tags to their comments nowadays, especially those with spam filtering. SEO-friendly link text is totally useless in those cases. So if they’re going to do all the work getting through the filter, at least make the comment look less like an obvious piece of spam, in the off-chance the blogger approves the comment and you earn a few clickthroughs.


Author: Mike Lee

An idealistic realist, humanistic technologist & constant student.