Unctuous Praise Comment Spam On The Rise

Has your publication noticed a recent rise in comments of approximately 1-4 lines in length filled with over-the-top but totally unspecific praise? Here at the SEOigloo Blog and over at Search Engine Guide, I have noted a rise in these over the past two months. Every day, I am spending time deleting comments that read like this:

Wow, I don’t know how you wrote this! It would take me weeks to write something like this. My girlfriend (brother, cousin, partner) has been looking for this information for a long time, thanks! You are brilliant!

The buttering up is as oily as melted margarine, but it’s the lack of reference to anything written in the article that is a dead giveaway.

Comment spam is as old as…well…comments, and I’ve seen different styles of spam come and go. I think this form might get past bloggers who aren’t paying enough attention because of its mention of relationship (girlfriend, brother, etc.). That almost doesn’t sound like spam, but you can bet it is.

It’s hard to believe people are out there wasting their time spamming comments like this, or worse yet, paying people to do it for them. Well-moderated blogs will simply delete these comments, so the investment of time or money will be wasted, but I guess as long as enough of it is getting by, somebody is finding it worthwhile.

Between this and all of those emails from offshore businesses who keep addressing me as ‘Dear One’, I’m sure wasting time dealing with garbage. How about you? Have you been receiving more comments like these ones lately?

4 Responses to “Unctuous Praise Comment Spam On The Rise”

  1. on 28 Oct 2011 at 1:42 pm Fran Irwin

    The best one I’ve seen said “I really like your content but I think there’s something wrong with the RSS feed!” That one actually got to the live blog before I figured it out :)

  2. on 28 Oct 2011 at 2:01 pm admin

    Hello, Fran,
    I’ve gotten that one about the RSS feed, too. Thanks for mentioning!

  3. on 24 Nov 2011 at 12:27 am Jack Yan

    Every day. They are getting worse, too. According to our stats, they’ve more than doubled in quantity in October, and we’ve had another 25 per cent rise for November. I suspect it’s automated as one of the spammers let slip the entire arsenal of inane comments in one of my entries (see http://jackyan.com/blog/2011/11/the-spam-commenters-arsenal-revealed/ for the whole lot, pasted in).

  4. on 28 Nov 2011 at 2:47 pm admin

    Welcome, Jack,
    That’s quite a post you put together. Staggering how much spam you are receiving, and yes, I definitely agree that ours has been on the rise over the past 2 months. Hang in there and keep hitting delete!
    Miriam

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