Category Archives: Blogging

Comment Idiocy; Have You Seen This?

I’d like to share something with you, if I may. Read what’s below:

“Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the net the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked whilst individuals consider worries that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the entire thing with out having side effect , folks could take a signal. Will probably be back to get a lot more. Thanks”


by Isabel Cruz

That was a comment that was left on one of my posts last week. I saw it and immediately knew it was spam. Yet I was curious because, for once, it seemed like it was creative spam. Normally I wouldn’t do this, but this time I’m doing it; I’m going to tell you the name of the person that left the comment and the link to the website, although it won’t do them much good since I’m not actually creating the link. The website link is crunchyblogger.com, and the writer was Romy@link building tips. And no, none of this gets bolded, including the comment spam.

Anyway, I was curious about the comment for some reason, and I decided I wanted to see if it showed up on any other blogs. I took a small snippet of the comment, from “justification” to “thing” and popped it into Google. And yes, it came up… 1,240,000 times since 2009! Are you kidding me? That exact phrase that many times for that many years. The rest of the paragraph is almost the exact same always also, except maybe one or two words here and there are changed.

It’s amazing that this type of comment, which is noncommittal and means absolutely nothing, has been missed by so many people. And what’s also amazing is just how many different names and domain names have used it. I found it on a blog posted from http://www.online-options-trading.org/; I found it on a blog posted by http://www.abcpromocji.pl/. I found it on a blog by http://matcombat.com/. I found it on a blog posted by http://www.increaseserp.com/. I even found it on Business Week, of all things, although they don’t allow people’s links to show so that’s in their favor.

Why do people send out spam? Because many blogs don’t check for it, and because many blogs can’t figure out it’s spam. Take a look at that bit of nonsense above. As you look at it, can you notice that it could apply to anything that anyone would ever write? It looks like it might be legitimate, which gets people to leave it there, but it’s not. There’s nothing specific in it at all; it doesn’t address anything. And it’s prevalent; so easy a caveman could have written it (someone had to say it). And it was obviously pre-written and posted by someone who must be getting paid to do it to bypass the GASP plugin; sneaks.

Folks, stay alert with your comments. If it looks weird, suspicious, or doesn’t seem to address your post, delete it. This is why a comment policy works in your favor, just in case one day it turns out to be a real person. And, of course, call out the frauds that use this stuff every once in awhile, like I did.

By the way, I did one last thing. I went to the first blog link I posted, and I posted the same exact comment there, using a fake name and a throwaway email address I have without an image. And it was accepted after moderation. Poor sap doesn’t even realize it’s the same thing someone had to have been paid to post here; how sad…

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Post #1,000!!! And A Video To Boot!

It’s milestone day, post #1,000, and I decided to change things up for once and turn it into a video instead of writing one of my normal milestone posts. Some of you have said that I should have more videos anyway; well, this means some of you will be appeased by this, and some of you are going to run away from this one. Unfortunately, it’s my longest video to date, but there was just no way to really make it any shorter and get in all I wanted to say. If it makes you feel any better, if I’d written it all out I think we’d have gotten to around 1,500 words; ouch!

So, here’s the video and post #1,000, and there’s a little test at the end of the video to see if you’ve watched it or not, although if the first person answers it then I guess the test is over. Oh well, here it is anyway. 🙂

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Strange Looking Spam

What is it with spam? Truthfully, I get the part about trying to get backlinks by almost any means necessary. But some of it is even confusing to me because it really makes no sense.

Over the past couple of weeks, in high volume no less, I’m getting stuff that looks like this:

Star2Pros – Get off the lower ladders…

[…This trackback notifies you of the usage of…]…


sarcodosis skin problems…

[…]the time to read or visit the content or sites


Effective Weight Loss Programs…

[…]below, are a few not really different sites than this one, but still the sites are absolutely worth checking out[…]…


1.) Home Security…

2.) […]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[…]…


1.) Keys, locks and more…

2.) […]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[…]…


Weight Loss Secrets…

[…]even though the URLs we hyperlink beneath are completely not that similar to ours, we posit that they are worth visiting, so have a look[…]…


If I’m getting stuff like this, almost everyone else has to be getting this type of thing as well. My question is twofold. One, if I’m running the GASP Anti-Spambot program, doesn’t it mean this stuff is getting through because someone is deliberately doing it? And if so, who in their right mind would think that anyone who’s paying attention would look at this stuff and say “yeah, that looks legit, I think I’ll keep it around?

Here’s comment on the first question. I’m at the point now where I’m starting to think someone has come up with software to get around the plugin. I say that because I’ve always been under the impression that if someone didn’t check that box, nothing was getting through. I knew that some stuff would still end up in the Akismet spam filter, but I didn’t think it would get to voluminous so quickly, and it has, across all 4 of my blogs. I know Sire discovered that some nefarious folks are actually paying people to post blog comments, but I can’t believe anyone would pay someone to post junk like above.

Here’s my comment on the second question. I don’t think anyone really cares about the message so much as they care about seeing what they can get away with. With all of the messages above having the same style, it seems more possible that the set up of the message might have something to do with how it all gets through the plugin. I’m not technical enough to know how it could be related, but the proof is in the pudding (another saying I have no idea where it comes from).

The thing is that it gives the impression that it’s trackback spam, but it’s not. I’ve gone to a couple of the websites that end up being shown as the domain name and there’s never any mention of one’s website or blog post, thus it’s not that. Still, I’m trying the option GASP gives you in eliminating the ability of anyone to send trackbacks to your blog, just to test it for a couple of days. I don’t have much faith that it’ll stop, since I don’t think it’s related to trackbacks.

Man, these spam people are just so smart and creative, aren’t they? I guess we should be thankful that they’re not trying to figure out how to take money out of our bank accounts before it even gets there.

But we’re not. 🙁
 

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Hyperbole And A Half

What the heck does that mean? I have absolutely no idea. Luckily, I don’t have to have any idea. I just have to highlight this new blog I’ve discovered through someone on Twitter, and has jumped into my top 5 favorite blogs of all time.

Of course it’s called Hyperbole And A Half, and I’m sorry to say that looking at the About page doesn’t tell us anything new. But it doesn’t have to because it’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in, well, probably years on a blog.

What makes it so funny? We start with this post titled Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts. The blog is a mixture of macabre funny story and pictures drawn by the author. I haven’t quite figured it all out yet except to know that it’s produced by a female, and I think she’s married.

It doesn’t matter; it’s funny as sin! I was laughing out loud, and brought tears to my eyes. The images are so great and flow with the story perfectly. The posts are long, but mainly because of the images; I was going to print it out for my wife and it would have been 24 pages long; that wasn’t happening. So I popped the link on her computer and I could hear her laughing pretty early into the story, as she’s not a speed reader, even though the images help move things along.

This lady has violated everything I said I didn’t like with Blogger blogs. She has it ranked well because of, well, her instead of Google. The post I’m highlighting above has more than 2,000 comments; are you kidding me? Almost all of her posts have more than 1,000 comments. And so far, they’ve all been funny, and that’s enough for me. I don’t know if any of them are true or not; I figure the latest one about Wolves probably isn’t true, but the dog story… that sounds about right.

She’s definitely an artist, and she has a “store” page where she shows a couple of her items, then has a link to her actual sales page where, if you hover over any of the images, they kind of come to life; try it out. I’d never heard of Zazzle, but it looks like a neat way to sell your stuff.

Trust me; go check out this story, and try to tell me you didn’t laugh out loud; if you didn’t, you’re not a dog person.

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