Open Letter to Comment Spammers & Those Who Hire Them

Dear Comment Spammers: May I be honest with you and those who pay you to scatter meaningless comments all over the Internet?

I respect the fact that you are just trying to make a living. I've seen the freelance job posting websites where clients pay for posting blog comments containing their website URL.

I know that most of you are not English-first speakers. Even though you may speak perfect English, writing in English is a different skill. I absolutely allow and support bloggers of other countries, but I find it easy to differentiate their legitimate comments from your spam comments.

I know that you willingly contract with clients to post a hundred or more comments for a few dollars. When you do it every day of the week though, it does add up. As I said, I respect your right to earn a living, but I will not let you spam my blog. Even if your comment contains a URL not hot-linked, it still won't be published.

Therefore, I take this opportunity to tell you and those who hire you a few things that you must not know.

1. All blog platforms have automatic spam filters.

Even if you do not have to verify with a CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart), a spam filter is in place and working behind the scenes to grab perceived spam comments.

A spam post will be caught. I review all comments every week. I delete when it's obvious they're nothing more than a spammer paid to post to blog comments. Your comment will not appear. Ever.

2. This blog has a time limit on comments. Any comment older than a certain number of days (my secret) has to be approved by me before it will appear. So don't bother going back to old posts and sticking your meaningless comment on a post older than a week to the beginning of time for this blog. Your comment will not appear. Ever.

Sample Comments; Why They Were Not Approved

Comments like these below are shown as written with misspellings, typos, and all. These are spam comments and will not be published in the Comments section. Ever.

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Reason for Deleting Comment: Do you really believe I'd think some (adjective-deleted) drunk driving lawyer is reading about installing a widget and thinks my blog needs more attention? So this comment was not germane to the post at all.

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Reason for Deleting Comment: Duh! the fastidious commentator strikes again. I've found that posts about tech of any kind attract lots of spammers.

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Reason for Deleting Comment: What a doozy of a comment. This was 181 wasted words so the freelancer must have had a word limit to meet. Comment had nothing to do with the post or the blog.

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Reason for Deleting Comment: No thanks. I do not visit porn websites nor do I wish to pass the link on to my readers. If they're so inclined in that pursuit, I'm sure they can find you on their own.

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Reason for Deleting Comment: I wouldn't waste my time to see if you linked to my post. I don't know that I would want my blog mentioned on a hack site. *sigh* I don't know why but Barbara's guest post has attracted major spam attention. Looking on the bright side, she's a wonderful author so maybe her witty words just attract attention.

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Reason for Deleting Comment: How lovely that this spammer thinks a post featuring 10 other authors and what thrills them in books is a suitable vehicle to push (a) Seattle stuff (b) Cindy's frugal tips, and (c) a photography course. Not on my blog. Go peddle your multiple spam comments elsewhere please.

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Reason for Deleting Comment: Now, does this comment really have anything to do with a YouTube Copyright Strike or my blog SlingWords in any way? I think not.

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Reason for Deleting Comment: Oh, but I do have a donate button. Please feel free to click it one time for each word of your spam comment. But that still won't get your comment published. Comment has nothing to do with the post of SlingWords.

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Reason for Deleting Comment: Yes, this interview post featuring 10 other authors garnered tons of spam comments, none of which had anything remotely germane to the post content.

I could go on and on, and some are hilarious, but what's the point? Nearly every post I publish gets multiple spam comments. Some posts seem to attract mega attention from the spammers. Many comments come from the same people. After a bit, you recognize them by their style.

Every week I go in to Comments, review them all, and delete them all. Occasionally, I find a legitimate comment. I immediately let it publish and reply to it.

Takeaway Truth

I wish this post would be taken to heart by spammers and those who hire them, but I doubt if any of you ever read any of the posts on which you leave comments. If you did, you'd realize how ludicrous the comments are. Keep leaving your comments, and I'll keep deleting them. Just as I deleted the 45 I found today.

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