If you’ve left a comment on one of my blog posts, you’ll have noticed comments are moderated. There’s a few reasons for doing this and one is because there’s a lot of spam comments. Today I’m writing about the annoying spam comments you won’t see.
Yes, I save you from dealing with those annoying spam comments. You won’t see them because I mark them as spam and eventually delete them.
You can read my policy regarding comments here.
How can I tell the difference between a spammer and someone who has a web page and might have something to sell or looking to increase their readership, and who has a genuine interest in reading this blog and leaving comments?
Almost always the spammers are from Eastern Europe or Russia who have a website to promote with a somewhat shady product or service for sell. Their comments do not contribute to what might be considered a normal discussion about the topic I’ve posted.
Their comments might say:
Those 5 comments all came within minutes on several posts, written by someone in Romania or Turkey (I don’t recall which country now!).
Then there’s Kavin: “Hi i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this post i thought i could also create comment due to this sensible article.”
Kavin the spammer has something to promote called red survival.
Does anyone know what spammer “golden eagle” is trying to tell us? “Link exchange is nothing else but it is only placing the other person’s web site link on your page at proper place and other person will also do similar in favor of you.”
Good old golden eagle is in Eastern Europe and his website wants to tell us all about gold. I bet golden eagle has some oceanfront property for sale in Arizona too!
Here’s another one from a spammer called business finance: “Hi there mates, good article and fastidious urging commented at this place, I am actually enjoying by these.”
For some reason these annoying spammers love my post about these sweet miniature donkeys I owned. I did let one comment go through. Someone asking about widgets, which was a little weird rather than just sending me an email. I only let it go through because this person wasn’t hooked up to a website or looked like a typical spammer who’s trying to find clients. That post would easily have 50 annoying spam comments if I didn’t moderate them.
Here’s another annoying spammer called “electronic stores” who has an Amazon website: “First off I want to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Many thanks!”
What did that have to do with my donkeys? If a person wants writing advice, do an online search and lots of good writing sites will give great advice. If you leave a comment on a post about donkeys, you’d be better off asking about how much they eat or their veterinary needs to get the comment published and a response.
Then there are the annoying spammers who I have a burning desire to publish their comment and follow with a comment of mine asking: “Are you blind?” I get spammers leaving a comment complaining there’s no way to contact me and asking how to send an email. The tab below the banner at the top of the page where it says “Contact Me!” wasn’t a big clue? I also have my email embedded into the About Me and a couple of other pages too. I often get annoying spammers saying “I see you don’t monetize this blog.” And then they would like to offer their paid services on how to do this. If you look at the sidebars on the right and bottom there are ads. Plus in some of the posts I’ll link to an affiliate. These annoying blind spammers are dropping their website linked to their name and their business. Who would want to do business with annoying spammers who can’t seem to spot the blatantly obvious?
There’s another annoying spammer who’s going to bookmark my fascinating topic and pass it on to his sister.
Then there’s the most miserable annoying spammer I’ve dealt with so far. He’s from Turkey and tried to leave a comment on my donkey post. His comment was bitching about all the spelling errors and demands to know what spell check I’m using and just goes on and on about all the spelling errors.
The guy is from Turkey and wrote a comment full of grammatical and spelling errors and he’s complaining about my spell check? Wow!
I’m a fastidious speller. Spelling mistakes really bug me. We’re all human, we all make mistakes. We all might take a few liberties with spelling. Think text speak! I pride myself on writing a clean, easy to read article that is not full of spelling errors.
The annoying spammer from Turkey left a link to his website, something to do with auto products, and it was also full of errors that are typical of someone whose first language is not English.
Now, I ask you, if you read a blog post that’s full of errors, would you leave a comment complaining about it? Or would you just move along and not come back?
Your agenda might be different if your sole existence relies on leaving spam comments all over the Internet in the hopes of selling something.
It seems simple to me. You show up at a blog post, don’t like what you read or how it’s written, you leave and you don’t come back.
Why leave a spam comment bitching about spelling errors and hope people will click on your web site and buy something? Guess his mama never taught him you attract more flies with honey than vinegar.
Here’s an interesting article on why the owner of the Make a Living Writing website has killed comments, and one of the reasons is annoying spam comments. The site’s owner is spending too much time deleting spam, and has now turned off the comments function.
So far that hasn’t happened to me. It’s not time consuming (yet) to deal with annoying spam comments. And the upside is, aside from this post, or maybe another one down the road if I revisit the topic, this is the only place where you’ll see those annoying spam comments.
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(Edited to add…) The day after I posted this, an annoying spammer from Brazil left a lengthy comment in Portuguese to promote his website. That’s just one more thing that annoying spammers do. It’s bad enough leaving an annoying spam comment in broken English, but they also leave spam in foreign languages. Look around, you annoying spammers. Before you leave a comment, figure out what language the blog is in and don’t waste everyone’s time in leaving an annoying spam comment in a foreign language. That’s just another annoying spam comment you won’t see around here!