Many of the commments we get on our blog are sadly the work of folk who want “back links” to their sites – it’s a search engine trick.
While going through some of the latest, I thought I just HAD to share some of the odd and irrelevant comments we have gotten. I have divided this into 3 main topics so far!
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Complimentary but suspicious
They were on blog posts which were somewhat irrelevant to the compliments!
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In conclusion — it’s odd that actual humans are doing this – don’t you think?
It’s downright bizarre. I welcome any genuine comments sharing the strange blog post comments you have gotten on your blogs! But please, no more strange blog comments on our blog!
So funny, I keep getting random comments in Chinese that sound like they’ve come from fortune cookies.
Those ones we haven’t seen. Mind you I have to go through around 500 of them still. A good use of my time I am sure!
I actually know the reason but the speculation is funnier!
I can completely agree with you here ( I came here via a friend who tweeted it BTW!) We run a successful property based blog and get loads of this spurious types of comment. Its very irritating. I now just delete and block them from further commenting. Unfortunately its one of the by products of having a successful blog in the first place. Gotta take the rough with the smooth I guess.
Im convinced there is a place in India somewhere with a call centre type set up where those employed target certain markets for blogs and type the same comment on every one they come to! I have one company that sets up email after email at google and puts the same comment on repeatedly. extremely irritating.
I also get loads of these. I was reading a bunch of strange comments received on my blog this morning. One simply said ‘Herp derp’!
Proof that using a good spam filter and ensuring you moderate comments before approving is a very good idea…
Herp derp. What does that even mean? The mind boggles.
Great blog – I always thought these strange language comments were due to a person writing in their own language and using a converter to English.
It is also really difficult to work out who is actually giving valid info in a quite innocent manner eg ‘Don’t know whether you’d be interested in this Independent article: url xyz etc.’ and those who are flogging their own blog. (Flogging your blog (!) Hey, that’s quite good :D)
I thought of a new word for this! It’s like spamming, right? But not using email, using a blog. So … I was going to call it blamming. Brilliant, isn’t it? Then I did a search on google to see if anyone else had thought of it. I think splogging is a much better word now.
Anyway, this type of splogging is either automated, or is being processed by people in India on behalf of others, or is people using translators. It’s annoying but what is really reprehensible is people who should know better hijakcing blogs to promote their own stuff. That’s not joining in the conversation, it’s the modern, online equivalent of someone selling life insurance at a party (or a wedding, or a funeral…).
Colin that’s genius. Splogging! It will be in the urban dictionary within weeks! But you saw it here first, folks!
Two things you can do:
1. Set ‘Nofollow’ on your blog (ask any web designer how to do this) and that makes the spammer’s backlinks invisible to Google, and therefor useless for SEO purposes
2. Use a Comment Manager like Disqus to manage your blog comments. This allows for reporting spam and will block the user from yours and other blogger’s sites in future
(ps both of the above can be implemented on WordPress)
Great article – I get most annoyed with those who know enough to want to promote themselves and just keep overdoing it.
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