The above screenshot is a comment posted to AriWriter two hours ago. It is classic spam, where keywords replace a person’s name and the word “sex” is used multiple times. Don’t be fooled by the lack of a link to click.
Because this blog is powered by WordPress and I run a spam detection plugin called Akismet that automatically places comments meeting certain criteria into a holding pattern, the bestiality comment was not published.
Nor was this longer comment with keyword phrases and multiple links published:
Considering the author manually typed a name, website URL, and email address, it is a wonder why the person couldn’t write a more reasonable name like John Smith or even type an email address that would clearly not be made up. This was made up and this is further proof the above comment about BDSM is spam:
Spammers try to be clever in their comments, such as Andrew Joseph (not his real name) who uses different email addresses and websites in the hope I would publish his comments. In the below screenshots, you can view his identifying information and extracts of his comments:
Sometimes names and email addresses are different, but the website is the same. Don’t be fooled by these comment spammers either:
Take note of the identical comment text and proximity in time stamps:
Bloggers thrive on new comments which are both fodder to inspire and reply, and metrics for influence. But don’t confuse a spam comment with a real comment. None of the above examples are real comments. I hope you see why, and you can identify them down the road.
There are many ways to identify spammers, for the people and robots writing the comments are getting clever. They don’t want to be labeled spammers; they want you to publish their internet marketing gibberish. Will you be misled?