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.
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: