I Finally Found Out Where Those Spams Are Coming From

Spams are annoying, and unfortunately, I have no choice but to deal with them. My blog has been bombarded by spams since the day I gained some readers. As time goes by, it became worse. For instance, I just cleared my spam folder last Sunday and now, it has more than 200 blocked comments.

So, spams on my blog have become the new normal. However, the number of spams during the last few weeks is absurdly large. Also, many of these spams were able to pass through the filter of Akismet (a spam filtering program used by wordpress.COM) like nobody’s business. This is the reason I use Comment Moderation.

These spammers who were able to bypass Akismet weren’t just randomly commenting on random posts though. They all have a single target, namely, my post a few months ago “Some More Tech-Related Headaches”. I find it rather strange. Of all my posts, why that particular post? I couldn’t think what benefits they could get out of it.

At first, I tried to ignore the obvious spam comments and manually mark them as spams. This continued for several days and it seemed that the number of spams just kept increasing, So, earlier, I finally decided to investigate what’s going on.

Doing some searching, I eventually pinpointed the culprit. I located a blog article titled “List of Blog Commenting Sites.” Apparently, it tells site owners that the sites listed are good places to write comments in order to make high-quality backlinks.

The sites listed are divided into three groups: Blog for Digital Marketing, Tech Blogs, and Tech Forums. My blog had been hilariously grouped in Tech Blogs.

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Of all the wonderful tech blogs out there, I am very grateful that they placed my blog at the number one position. It truly is an honor.

Then I read further to learn more about the purpose of these lists. Here’s an extract from the above-mentioned article:

These sites are very helpful to you. In SEO for blog commenting List of blog commenting sites are very necessary. This is an easy way to improve the website and get the traffic. I hope millions of people use these list and you will demand the more List of blog commenting sites. Because when you do proper blog commenting in a very short period you can rank your website. This is also a very important way to make backlinks.

This made me clearly understand what’s going on. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is always a hot topic among certain bloggers and marketers. It’s not far-fetched to say that many of them are obsessed with it. So, it’s not surprising that when they see an article claiming to have a list of sites where they can put comments for increasing their sites’ ranking through backlinks, they wouldn’t hesitate to write their spiels there. Considering my blog is first on the list, more would obviously visit it.

Sites that always talk about SEO tricks are infamous for drawing the attention of spammers and other blackhat users. So, yeah, a surefire way to attract shady people (and bots) to your site is to always talk about the latest SEO ploys and exploits.

Ironically, my post about some tech-related headaches turned out to become another tech-related headache. Well, at least, this comment cracked me up a bit:

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

26 thoughts on “I Finally Found Out Where Those Spams Are Coming From

  1. I had an unusual and annoying incident about six months ago. These SPAMMERS were following me and all had unusual names with the same suffix … I think it was “@outlook.com” and they all joined up the same day – so whether human or “bot” they were making comments on everything I commented on – the exact same comment coming in at the same time, etc. On not just my replies to posts on my own site, but to others’ posts as well. They’d either comment or “like” at the same time. I had to take screenshots and sent it to the Happiness Engineers and it is gone now.

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    1. Those are most likely bots. Outlook is a platform notoriously used by several spammers. Those are usually blocked by Akismet though some circumvent it somehow.

      My case is a lot harder to deal with since I suspect that most of the commenters are “real people”. That’s why Akismet is ineffective against them.

      I just hope that they would eventually stop…

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  2. It’s great that you can see the humor in all the craziness. And good job getting to the bottom of it.
    I’ve got a tiny readership on my blog, but already I’m seeing a spike of questionable messages.
    Thanks for the informative post.

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  3. I’m sure it’s been a nuisance for you but it’s very funny – a tech headache indeed! That’s one good thing about my blog, no traffic equals no spam! I hope this doesn’t put you off though, as we all enjoy your posts.

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  4. 🦋 In Australia we have a ‘report spam’ government email address where we forward the worst. Mine has slowed significantly over the past few years. Yes, by using my blog more retrigered it but it slowed again. I usually get 3 or for spam a week so you must get my share. 😉 Mostly it doesnt bother us but some sites are just a pain.

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    1. As long as they are blocked by the filter, it doesn’t bother me. However, many of the spams recently were able to bypass Akismet so I have to manually mark each of them as “Spam”. Just this morning, I had marked 15 comments as spam.

      It’s becoming rather troublesome.

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      1. oh, you mean on your wordpress blog? I get the occassional ones. I try and avoid blog titles that may attract a spammers. For instance if I use words like ‘headaches’, ‘hearing’, ‘pain’. These attract medical spam. Double meaning words cannot be resisted by spammers.

        I hope it settles down. 🙂

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  5. “Please come up with some other tech headaches.” That’s hilarious. But you may have just answered their request.

    I have gotten a few SEO based spam as well. Usually telling me that they can help me improve my SEO. I am not selling anything, so I don’t really pay SEO that much attention. Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. do what they do and I am not staying up nights trying to hack their process.

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    1. Typically, those spams sent by are blocked by Akismet (especially those SEO stuff). However, I think that Akismet has a hard time if the commenters are real humans.

      Using SEO is overkill for most blogs especially if you are not marketing anything.

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