Perspective On Human Spamming

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Are you getting human spam on your blog?  I am.

If you are running Disqus right now and have some pages with page rank there is a good chance that you are getting hit with human spam from site owners trying to accomplish some bargain basement SEO requiring the bare minimum of work.  This isn’t limited to Disqus, but since Disqus continues to leave NOFOLLOW off of the link to the user’s website in their username they have become a specific target.

It’s pretty trivial to mark these guys as spam and the worst of them are easy to recognize because they’ll move from page to page leaving the same worthless comment, but there are a few that have an interesting perspective on what they are doing and it’s worth thinking about before you start blowing away all the comments that they leave.

In comments left on my blog and on a thread I started about this problem on Disqus’s forums I’ve seen an attitude of entitlement from the Spammers that put the smallest amount of effort to customize their spam comment to the content of the page.  Their logic (?) is that comments add value to a site and by leaving a comment that is somewhat on target they “earn” the link and the SEO value that it instills.

There is some truth to this perspective, comments mean a lot to a blogger.  They add new content to a page and keep it active and updating something that Google likes to see, they can also provide new search terms and enhance the keyword usage on the page, helping it rise in the search results.

What human spammer’s fail to take into account, and where their perspective diviates so far from that of mine, is that comments are encouragement and validation of a bloggers work.  That engagment is worth more than all the SEO benefit a spammer can offer me and why I take such offense at their half hearted attempts and sense of entitlement and why so few of their comments will be allowed to stand here.

That’s my perspective – what’s yours?

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    I hear you on the spamming part. I recently setup a new blog with only one post and it has hardly been marketed. Guess what? I got over 6800 comment spam on the blog entry already. To stop automated bots from commenting on my wordpress blog, i just installed a captcha pluging that should cut down the spam

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    well Mr. knight network i suggest a good suggestion, talking about spam, let me tell you the straight, disqus is root of all spam, and you should stop using it right away. why not have a decent and valuable comment up your blog, don’t think you are getting traffic, most of the comment will be from comment bots, so that leaves you no value traffic, person coming and reading and commenting makes more sense and valuable.

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    Personally, I will not disregard all messages from spammers immediately.Some comments might be able to contribute to the blogger's work. However, some might not, by posting stuffs that are unrelated or not relevant. If it's possible, categorized spammers messages.Don't delete it immediately.Take 1 day off and read some of them.some might be really good.

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    Like all of us, it's great to see valid comments on your blog. Always makes you think that someone actually likes what you're doing. A majority of my comments though are spam, and blatant spam at that. It has to be from automated comment programs because there's just no other way they would even find my blog. Big thanks to askimet for stopping 99% of these terrible comments filled with links to viagra sites and what not. Your point about “borderline spam” is interesting though. I'll let an obvious SEO intended comment go through if they really do leave a good comment. If they really write a good enough comment I'll let their “name” of “NY Mets Jerseys” go through. Even most of these though are pretty generic and spammy. They like to say things like “nice site, do you know where I can get Mets jerseys”. No I don't and I know that you already do, they're on your site. I'll give them a little bit of credit for trying though but should have tried harder. Once again though, I don't know where I'd be without akimet.

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    I agree with you as I deleted a human spammer off my site this morning. One thing that has been obvious to me for the human spammers is their websites always suck when I click on them to check out how posted a comment.

    I look the website in the comment that allow to leave on the page has to be just as good as the comment that they leave.

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    If you are using WordPress, there is a new plugin called wp-spamfree which has eliminated all bot spamming off my site.

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    Ah, if you only knew how many commentors are actually getting paid to comment on blogs, you'd be amazed. Some are easy to spot and others are completely legitimate and harder to see. Many people use commenting as a form of advanced link building. I understand you perspective about wanting encouragement and validation. But each comment counts as an update to the search engines, and as such, I've seen many pages receive higher PR and rank higher in the search engines due, in part, to the sheer number of comments on that page. This brings validation from others who find your site because of the comments. It's a rippling out effect.

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    I agree that spam is an issue and it takes away from my time that could be spent doing something useful. I even have an entire post on my site that explains that quality comments are welcome and encouraged, but that spam or low quality comments such as “nice site, Dude!” will be deleted. Still doesn't stop it.

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