Any blogger will be aware of Spam comments. They are generally removed by WordPress, and the blogger is alerted to their presence by a note on the admin dashboard. Occasionally, a valued comment is placed there by mistake, especially when it contains a link, or an image. Over the years, the famous WordPress glitches have sometimes sent everything into the Spam folder, leaving followers wondering why their comments have been ignored. However, the majority of comments identified as Spam are just that, and best deleted.
Spam comments on blog posts are very different to those on an email account. With email, they often hide viruses and scams that can steal your contact book details, or personal log-ons and passwords. They also request donations, offer deals on investments, pharmaceutical products, and sex contacts.
With blogging Spam, it is a little different. By far the majority of these comments are trying to sell the services of an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) product or person. They hold out the hope of huge blogging stats, high placings on Google, and so much more. They just want money though, then will tell you what you already know, or can discover for free on the Internet. Others are less obvious, but still best ignored. You have no way of knowing what will happen if you click on the links, or reply to the sender.
Before deleting these comments (without opening any links) it is worth looking at the email addresses, and countries of origin. An innocuous name, like ‘James’, will probably have an email address ending with .ru. This indicates an origin in Russia, and is to be avoided at all costs. The Spam comment will be chatty in nature most of the time. They will tell you that they really liked your post, would like to read more on the same subject. They thought that it was amusing, perhaps hilarious, and very enjoyable for them to read. Look at the title of your post that they are commenting on. In one case, it was about my Mother’s funeral…
These blog spammers are just careless. They churn out the same rubbish, regardless of the nature of the blog, or the subject of the post they are trying to comment on. Significantly, they also fail to translate their comments properly, something that gives their game away every time. This mauling of the English language can often be amusing, sometimes laugh-out loud funny. But don’t let that distract you. Delete the comment, and delete it permanently, as you can never be sure what clicking on that link might do to your computer.
As an example, I currently have two comments in my Spam folder. So that you know what you are looking for, check out the ridiculous use of English in these, and the ‘normal’ names.
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