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July 8th, 2009 · 23 Comments · Blogging

Based on the response (a good number of comments!) to my last post about blogging regularity (and because I sometimes don’t have much to say about trade shows, which is why I already have my random stuff category), I decided to add a new category called blogging (hopefully, I’ll write more posts for it than I have so for my movies category). And the first (well, second) post for my new blogging category is about generic spam comments. I’m guessing that you agree with me and hate comment spam and the spamming zombies that leave them. Because the Trade Show Guru is protected by Bad Behavior and Akismet (and a ruthless moderator – me), I don’t get very much comment spam (and what I do get is deleted with a click of the mouse). But I do see what I think is comment spam on some other blogs that I read, and it bugs me. I only read blogs that are of interest to me, and only comment when I think I can add something of value to the conversation or at least of interest to the blogger. So when I take the time to make a thoughtful (or at least humorous, or at least I think humorous) comment, it makes me a little angry to see a spammer make an inane spammy comment that ends up on the same page as my comment, sullying and defiling my brilliant little bit of prose

The comment spam that really bugs me is the sophisticated “generic comment.” These blogging zombie spammers have moved past the easy to spot “nice post” or “thanks for the post” comment to stuff like this:
Author: Romasha
Comment: Thanks it is a good idea!

OK, maybe that one is pretty easy to spot, but how about this one…

Author: damien
Comment: I like your layout. Have your web guy hit me up.

If you google the author name and the comment in quotes like this: [ damien “I like your layout. Have your web guy hit me up.” ], you’ll see Google lists 293 results.

Do you really think damien liked the layout on 293 different blogs and just happened to type the exact same word-for-word comment on each one? I think damien should change his name to “devious damien, a spamming zombie”…

Anyway, generic comment spam bugs me, but I decided to try to see the humor it is and have a contest, so feel free to “spam” my blog (on this post only) and maybe, just maybe, you’ll win a FREE high-quality link. I want you to put on your “spammer hat” and write a GOOD generic comment. The purpose is to show how devious you are. You need to write a generic, one-size-fits-all-blogs comment that is NOT obvious and would not be deleted. Think devious! Your generic comment needs to seem to apply to just about everything, so the unsuspecting blog won’t know it is just a generic spam comment.

But, and this is important… after your generic comment, you need to show you actually read this post by writing, “I love [your keywords here].” (note: just write your keywords, do NOT make them a link!) This is where the contest comes in and the fun begins. I’ll pick the best generic spam comment and then write a post titled: I Love [your keywords]! And in the post I’ll include a free link for your blog or website with your keywords as the anchor text (which are in the title as well).

For example, you could write your generic comment and then write, “I love eating vegetables” (remember, just write the phrase and do NOT make it a link). If you have the best generic comment and are chosen as the winner, I’ll write a post called “I Love Eating Vegetables” and somewhere in the post I’ll put the link eating vegetables. Make sense?

There are a few rules:
1. I am the judge and jury. The rules may change. This is my blog.
2. You must follow my comment policy.
3. Your keywords and website must be something that I would feel comfortable linking to.
Acceptable keywords for example would be coffee, scented candles, and beer for rednecks. This is because I would be comfortable writing posts called: I love coffee, I love scented candles, and I love beer for rednecks.
Unacceptable keywords for example would be Gucci handbags or payday loans, because I have no love for Gucci handbags or payday loans.
4. I have no idea when I will chose a winner and write a post for the winner. Remember I have a problem with my blogging regularity.
5. When in doubt, see rule 1.

So there you go. Put on your “spammer hat” and write your best generic spam comment (and include the statement ‘I love ~’ at the end). Remember the point is not to write the WORST generic comment, such as “I like your blog,” but a tricky comment that would apply to just about any post about anything, and does NOT seem to be generic or spammy. The comment should be able to fool the vast majority of blog moderators. Show us how clever you are! Spam away! And maybe win a FREE LINK!

UPDATE (7/8/09): The Rules have Changed

Yes, I’m changing the rules. If you have an issue with that, see Rule #5 above. I realized that a real spammer might get past my Bad Behavior and Akismet firewalls and might find these “sophisticated generic comments” that you, my faithful readers, leave, and said spammer might use them for nefarious reasons. I don’t wish to contribute to that, so I’m changing the contest. Instead of your BEST sophisticated generic comment, leave your WORST / DUMBEST / STUPIDEST (but not vulgar) generic comment. And remember to follow the rules (how hard is that?).

So far it looks like Will the organic gopher killer and Mitch the prolific writing gladiator are tied… well, actually Will didn’t follow the rules and include a statement of what he loves so that puts Mitch the prolific writing gladiator in the lead!

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mitch // Jul 9, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Nice blog; I’ll be stopping by often.

    I love gladiators! lol

    Well, you asked for it.

  • 2 Will // Jul 9, 2009 at 2:14 am

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  • 3 Will // Jul 9, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Now believe it or not that is an actual cut and paste from 6 identical comments all put up by a site offering “escort” services.

    I put up some interesting info about the warm blooded spammers in a comment on my spam post. Funny that we put up almost the same post at almost the same time!

  • 4 The Trade Show Guru // Jul 9, 2009 at 9:35 am

    hi Mitch,
    Nice comment though I think a little obvious, at least to me. I tend to be pretty skeptical. But I love gladiators too, especially the movie, so that would be an easy post to write… if you are the winner.
    hi Will,
    I think your example is a good example of a BAD generic spam comment. πŸ™‚ I read and commented on your spam post. I guess great minds (and great bloggers) think alike, eh?
    ~ Steve

  • 5 JD at I Do Things // Jul 10, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Thanks for sharing informations. Looking forward to more stuff. Is this blog updated? Good job my friend! (I love oxycontin.)

  • 6 Mitch // Jul 10, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Actually, I don’t like gladiators, but I wrote that because I was thinking of the movie Airplane, when Peter Graves asks the little boy that in the cockpit.

    As for obvious, you wouldn’t believe how many blogs I visit where someone is commenting back to that statement, which we know is obviously spam.

  • 7 The Trade Show Guru // Jul 10, 2009 at 9:45 am

    hi my oxycontin-loving-friend-JD,
    Excellent comment! Exactly what I was looking for. πŸ™‚

    hi Mitch, I loved the movie Airplane but saw it long ago, and your gladiator reference slipped by me. So what do you love?
    And what you said in your comment was EXACTLY what motivated this post. I too regularly see other bloggers RESPOND to this junk (I got the two examples in my post from a blog I sometimes read, and the blogger responded to these spammers’ comments. I think if you were to do that google search for devious damien’s generic comment in my post and click through on each of the 293 times he used it (and got away with it), a lot of the times the blogger actually responded. And as I wrote in my post, that just makes me a little angry! ~ Steve

  • 8 Internet Strategist (Friend of the Guru) :-) // Jul 10, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    This is just what I was looking for years ago when I first learned to use the Internet. I am so glad to have found out that you know all about just what I wanted to know. I really love your Theme. Maybe you could install it on my blog for me? I added you to my RSS reader and saved you in my favorites. Keep up the good work!

    This blog has my favorite all time comment policy because of the Friend of the Guru exemption!

    I love blogging best practices. (Yes, that may be boring; however, it IS highly relevant and necessary.)

  • 9 The Trade Show Guru // Jul 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    hi GrowMap (aka Internet Strategist),
    When I first started reading your comment (not realizing what post it was about), I thought “what the heck?” I guess I have a very short term short term memory.
    Anyway, excellent job. I hope you never become a spammer. I think you would rule the spam world!
    ~ Steve

  • 10 Will // Jul 12, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I just found your link to my post from the above article in my spam bin. I guess the title caused Akismet to flag it. I wish it was as good with the real spam! Anyway, thanks for the link!

  • 11 Master of the Philippines // Jul 12, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for the share. I hate spam. I much prefer sushi. Come visit me at my sushi blog:

    http :// eat-sushi .com

  • 12 hari // Jul 12, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I hate generic spam as much as you do, Steve.

    I think you are asking too much by requesting your readers to post “generic spam” which doesn’t look obvious though.

    The very reason “generic spam” is generic is because… well, it’s generic.

    The moment any post relates to the topic in question, it acquires a a degree of legitimacy that doesn’t put it into the spam category. Sure, a comment might be useless or add no value to the discussion. It still doesn’t become spam merely because it is a useless comment.

  • 13 The Trade Show Guru // Jul 13, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Hey RT,
    Nice spam comment. But because it relates to this post and wouldn’t make sense on any unrelated posts, I wouldn’t say it is very generic.
    Hi Hari,
    Thanks for the joining the conversation.
    What I meant by a non-obvious generic spam comment is a comment that seems to apply to the post, but if you search you will find the person left the exact same comment on 100 plus unrelated blog posts, and every time the comment “seemed to apply”. That would be a generic comment by my definition, that is not very obvious. But as you can see in my post update, I changed my contest to NOT come up with this kind of comment because I don’t want a real spammer to use it.
    And you also raise a good question about “what is spam”? I think opinions will vary from blogger to blogger. I agree there are useless comments. If a useless comment is left but with no link whatsoever, I would say that is just a useless comment (no ulterior motive by the commenter). But if the person is trying to get a link and is doing NOTHING to earn the link, then in my book, that is spam. But really, this question could be the source of a whole new post.
    Thanks again for stopping by. ~ Steve
    @Will above, You’re welcome. πŸ˜€

  • 14 hari // Jul 13, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I agree Steve. But most of the “subtle” spam is as easily detected as the blatant spam. Spammers just lack the intelligence or are too lazy to come up with something even modestly useful.

    I guess what I was talking of was the borderline commenters whose intentions are harder to detect: those who want their link out there, but are making some attempt to at least post a feebly related comment to the topic. I tend to give such people the benefit of doubt unless their URLs point to some obviously commercial website or unacceptable adult sites.

    The mass generic spammers even those who leave seemingly related messages or sometimes nonsensical ones are easily identifiable.

  • 15 Will // Jul 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Hey Steve – Just in case you are not subscribed to the comments on that post, (linked to my name), take a look at my latest comment on it and the one right before. This is exactly the type of spammer I was writing about. He left several comments, including one on this post about these spammers! Am I being unreasonable in my definition of spam? Or are they just incredibly dumb? Or smart, if most people leave these types of comments on their sites.

  • 16 The Trade Show Guru // Jul 15, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    hi Hari,
    “(most) Spammers just lack the intelligence or are too lazy to come up with something even modestly useful.”
    I agree. And I think you have a reasonable policy. As for me, I just require people to add value to my blog and follow my rules… πŸ™‚

    hi Will, I would have deleted it. I replied on your post in more detail. Stay tuned for my next post, “Carrot Love”. πŸ™‚ ~ Steve

  • 17 trade show spaminator // Jul 17, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    hi trade show guru,
    I know what you mean. We have a trade show blog, and 90% of the comments we get are spam. It’s pretty easy to tell when someone is just looking for a link and just vomits up a “comment”. I spend so much time clicking “delete” I think I might get carpal tunnel from it! Anyway, I love your contest idea. I also love trade shows. πŸ˜€
    Well, I probably should get back to my own blog as I’m sure I have some deleting to do. That’s why they call me the trade show spaminator!

  • 18 Ernie // Jul 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    hi,
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    I love Rednecks for beer.

  • 19 Tim // Jul 22, 2009 at 12:20 am

    This comment is not spam! Thanks for sharing! I found this site with a web search and this article is exactly what I needed! I love air!

  • 20 The Trade Show Guru // Aug 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    hey Ernie and Tim,
    Excellent spam comments! And I love Redneck beer and air too!
    Sorry it took me a while to get to your comments. I have been incognito for a while, but am now back. Thanks for stopping by. ~ Steve

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  • 22 Will // Sep 4, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Steve – This just spam fun just goes on and on. If you take a look at my recent post, linked to my name on this comment, you can see the latest technique these human spammers are using to try and get us to leave their links up. Tell me what you think. I left that particular one up for the purposes of that post, but I deleted 2 others yesterday. One comment turned up verbatim on at least 20 other blogs. It was a comment about soda drinking. I wonder if the person posted all 20 copies or if there is an automated way they are doing it? grrrr!!

  • 23 The Trade Show Guru // Sep 4, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    hey Will,
    I found your comment in my Akismet folder (which I don’t always check). Where have you been hanging out lately? ~ Steve
    PS. Sounds like you are talking about “specific” generic spam. I was just seeing “generic spam” tossed around on any old post, but in your case, it sounds like they at least target it at “relevant” posts. Hmmm….

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