I’ve been learning a lot about spam on blogs these past few weeks. . . because I’ve been receiving a lot. (Ah, nothing like experience for learning a bit about how to avoid spam and how to clean it out of posts and comments!)
Here’s my take-away for today: by using typos in comments, spammers can determine which blogs have a low filtering threshold or which automatically approve comments (so I just turned off the auto-approve, which means I’ll read and approve a comment before it appears on this site).
Spammers have an effective modus operandi. They’ll send an automated and innocent-sounding comment with distinctive typos. Then the spammers do Google searches for their typo comments. (I just did a Google search for one of the comments I used in “Spiffy Spam” and found 718,000 hits!) The websites that approved the comments are then targeted with another round of spam, but these comments are malicious.
Even though I knew the comments were spam (and deleted them), by posting all those comments in “Spiffy Spam”, the spammers were able to find me in their Google search! I wanted readers to still enjoy the post, so I went back through and corrected the typos, also adding asterisks, so my blog post wouldn’t turn up in spammers’ searches for their spam-typo comments.
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