Spamalot

As my readership has grown over time, I’ve seen a corresponding increase in the number of “spam comments”. Spammers (most likely, automated “spam-bots”) routinely plant comments in any blog they can find with decent traffic. They include a link to their site in the comment (or associated data) because the number of links to a particular site is a critical factor in most search engine algorithms. This is an attempt to “game the system” and elevate their own site’s position in search results.

Here’s an example of a typical spam comment I received today:

Thanks a lot for giving everyone an extraordinarily memorable chance to read in detail from this site. It is often so brilliant and packed with a lot of fun for me and my office acquaintances to search your site nearly thrice in a week to read through the latest items you will have. And definitely, I’m certainly astounded considering the exceptional ideas you serve. Certain two points in this post are really the most beneficial we’ve ever had.

And here’s my response:

Thanks for your extraordinarily memorable comment! I’m glad to hear I’ve been able to provide fun for you AND your office acquaintances! I’m also flattered that you visit my site thrice weekly. Someday, I hope to inspire you to visit quadrice weekly. I removed your link because I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate for my readers – I hope that doesn’t make my exceptional ideas any less astounding!

I’m under no illusion that the source of this spam will ever see my response but it was fun to write nonetheless. :)

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