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WordPress Comment Spam – my top 5 from this week

Like most other sites that use WordPress we tend to get our fair share of comment spam. Usually it’s a “select all + mark as spam” solution, but sometimes it’s fun to stop and take a moment to read what’s actually been posted. Here are my top 5 favourites from the last week:

 

1) The “compliment” comment

“Every weekend i used to pay a quick visit this web page, as i wish for enjoyment, as this this website conations genuinely fastidious funny data too.”

 

2) The “here’s some renovation advice” comment

“I really like this. Shabby Chic is certainly a type of Feng Shui, giving a laid back, soft and feminine feel. A very romantic way of decorating making people choose to come in and relax, which is why it can also be known as the cottage feel.”

 

3) Dirt Rabbits & shoe choices

“Do not let your dirt rabbits hold the manage from the beneficial area through your your bed. Make the most of that will additional room along with Shoes or boots Below. Whether or not you may need more space for your tennis shoes, high heel pumps, or sandals, you’ll be able to shop to a 12 various frames inside the Shoes Below.”

 

4) The “Are we really Search Engine Optimising for that?” comment

“WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for low humidity air”

 

5) …and finally, the “I just had to share” funny story

“Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!”

 

Thanks for putting a smile on our faces Comment Spam Bots, see you again next week.

‘Hey someone is making up shocking posts…’ Twitter spam

If you receive a Direct Message on Twitter saying “hey someone is making up shocking posts that are about you…” (or similar) it’s SPAM and you shouldn’t click on the link.

It looks like this, I’ve received 2 instances from seperate accounts in the last 12 hours:

On both occasions the message was sent as a Direct Message not a @mention and the link is a bit.ly style link that doesn’t reveal its source until clicked.

The best course of action, as is always the case if you’re not sure, is to DELETE the DM and politely inform the holder of the account that they should update their password.

UPDATE: It appears once the account has been compromised the bot sends out tweets from it like this:

Best course of action in this case is simply to ignore that Tweet.

Complimentary Spam – Spotting Spam Comments

As with most blogs this one gets its fair share of spam in the comments. Usually a spam comment is easy to spot – they’re the ones that are excessively complimentary but in a very generic way, frequently misspelled and aimed at trying to trick the publisher into thinking “wow, this user really liked my post, I’ll put this comment live”.

But if the spam comment also has a weblink or email address and you were to publish it you’ve just given the spammer a nice backlink from your site to theirs.

So to help you spot what I mean by ‘excessively complimentary but in a very generic way’ (and to share some feelgood words) here are some of the spam comments that I’ve received recently (spelling mistakes belong to the original creators, not us!):

  • Right on-this helepd me sort things right out.
  • Grade A stuff. I’m uqneustionably in your debt.
  • Hey what a great list of videos. Thanks for sharing your information.
  • What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It absolutely useful and it has helped me out loads. I’m hoping to contribute & aid different users like its helped me. Good job.
  • Well put, sir, well put. I’ll ceritanly make note of that.
  • I’m not eailsy impressed. . . but that’s impressing me!
  • This is way bteter than a brick & mortar establishment.
  • How could any of this be bteetr stated? It couldn’t.

…and my favourite:

  • Of the panoply of website I’ve pored over this has the most vearicty.

My ‘mark as spam’ button is certainly getting a workout. Happy Blogging!