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Constant posting into comment boxes and forums on websites is a full-time spam problem for website owners. I look at why and how this is happening across the web.
My site is almost one-year old now. From the day that I set it up through WordPress, I started receiving neutral comments like, "I like your articles; great work, keep it up, God Bless you; keep posting; good article or whatever," no matter whether they are related to the topic or not.
Most of these comments are not genuine. At least, I believe they're not posted by human beings. They are either posted by automatic software or some kind of script. The same is experienced in the case of other websites that I owned and today, also I received dozens of such comments. How do you see them? Who and why are they doing this?
In this excerpt from Answercast #13, I look at spam in comments and speculate on why they often seem generic or off-topic.
I actually think that, in many cases, they are not automated. I believe that there are a lot of low-paid individuals in overseas countries (where, here we would consider very low-paid; they would consider a living wage) who are actually paid to do this kind of thing.
I see these kind of comments all the time. Not just on Ask Leo! but on many of my WordPress sites: there will be a name and there will be a comment that is completely generic. It has nothing to do with the article that it's actually been posted on.
The reason they do that, I believe, is that on most websites you get to post four pieces of information:
When the comment is displayed: rather than your name linking to your email address (which would be a privacy issue), your name is linked to the URL that you provided as part of your comment.
So if I commented (if I went to a website and commented; gave my name as Leo, my email address, my website as http://ask-leo.com and made a comment), when that comment is published on the website (when it's processed, be it approved manually, or approved immediately), the name Leo would then, if you click on it, take you to ask-leo.com.
That's what these spammers are after. They are trying to get more links to their website.
It's also one of the reasons you'll see names that make absolutely no sense. Names like "Ugg Boots" where the link is to a website that sells Ugg boots.
So, I understand why they are doing it. It's very annoying if you're trying to maintain a website and actually have the comment portion of the page be somewhat relevant and useful for subsequent visitors.
On Ask Leo! we post moderate. Your comments get posted immediately, but then within 24 hours, they're all reviewed and anything that is spammy or even the least bit spam-like is going to get deleted. On other websites that don't have nearly the same volume of traffic, I actually moderate every comment. There's just a ton of stuff!
The glossary site is a great example. You can comment on the glossary entries; but there's a bunch of comments that come in that you will never, ever see. They are exactly this; they're completely off topic. They are only for getting more links to some website that's trying to sell you something completely unrelated.
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