Spammers are getting really smart. I just received a plea for money from none other than Charles Brown, addressing me as his “DEARLY BELOVED.” Now, I am no one’s “dearly beloved”—much less in all caps, but! the subject line said, “Not Spam.” So I think it’s safe to assume that I’m going to inherit millions of dollars by simply turning over my bank account number to this guy, right?
As any good blogger knows, spammers aren’t just for e-mail anymore. We get obnoxious comments that programs like Akismet or Bad Behavior usually, but not always, filter out. Sometimes good comments get lost in the sea of spam related to Cialis, Ambien, and . . . sadly, Chubby Lesbian Grannies.
Even Darren at ProBlogger is not immune. Someone promoting the ever-popular penis enlargement pill has been spamming unsuspecting bloggers using Darren’s name. In response to his post warning of this, someone asked if it’s OK for a beginning blogger, desperate for action, to keep some of these shady comments.
I can relate. In my early days as a blogger (like, 9 whole months ago), I was so happy to get comments, I didn’t always notice at first that they were spam. Not only did I keep them, I actually responded to some. Luckily, no evidence exists of my embarrassing desperation, but the following should give you a pretty good idea of what went down:
I couldn’t understand some parts of this article, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.
Wow, thanks! I’m sorry parts of the article were difficult to understand; I’ll try harder next time to be more clear.
I have to say, that I could not agree with you 100%, but it’s just my opinion, which could be wrong
Thank you! I welcome differences of opinions here. And I do appreciate that smiley face. It lets me know you really like me!
Hello! Found your blog on Google while searching for Least Allergic Dogs—quite some good info thanks, R. Kraven
Cool! I’m glad to know that you somehow found my post about scattering my dad’s ashes while searching for information on dogs . . . I guess.
I’m not a commenter to blogs in general, but your article really caught my eye. I had been looking for information on Catalog Discount Online Shopping on Ask.com, and was intrigued by the link to here.
Hello! I’m flattered that you were interested enough to comment. Especially since my post about my goiter doesn’t seem to have anything to do with catalog discounts.
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Thank you! And, no, I don’t really need Cialis, tho your almost-subliminal plea is tempting.
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O . . . kay. I’m glad you enjoy reading my posts, and yes, it was a great Wednesday. So, is that your real name or the result of a meme gone wrong?
I think that my wife unfaithful to me.
I have a wonderful plan for disclosure of her deceit.
David: This sounds extremely intriguing, but I’m not sure what it has to do with my post on my big butt. Please come back and let us know how your plan worked out.
And my grandpa is a train fanatic.
I really enjoyed your page.
Glad to see other.Is cool and to say hello.
It is very creative.
Um. My grandpa was a bit of a train fanatic, too. So . . . your first language is probably not English, right? That’s fine! All are welcome at I Do Things.
Sometimes I fell victim to comments that made perfect sense—until I looked at the sender’s e-mail or Web site.
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What a shame. I’d love to have kept this comment, but my mom reads this blog, and she doesn’t need to see a link to nipples of any size.
I like everything positive. I’m on this website since the first day of its existence and I have never seen anything negative on it. (http://about-herbal-penis-enlarvement)
Again, another fantastic comment, if only it weren’t associated with penis enlarvement. I can get behind penis enlargement—who doesn’t support that? But enlarvement is just plain wrong.
Thank goodness I started getting real comments from nice people whose e-mail addresses don’t refer to porn, drugs, or medical scams.
What are some of your favorite spam comments?
No one dares spam humor blogs.