I never knew how much spam there was until I started to blog

  Written by Louis Gudema

can of spamLike anyone, I get spam in my email inbox, but lately the spam filters and have become pretty good at hiding almost all of that from me.

But if you want to get some spam, start a blog.

I only started this blog about three weeks ago. Within a few days I had my first spam posted in comment box. Within a few days it had turned into a flood; in the past 24 hours I’ve received over 20 spam messages.

I link to these posts from LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and get comments, likes and shares through those. But on the blog alone over 95% of “comments” are spam.

And they’re so creative and well written. Here are just a few samples:

highly nice post, i definitely enjoy this website, maintain on it

Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! “Any man would be forsworn to gain a kingdom.”

I discovered your blog internet site on google and check several of your early posts. Continue to maintain up the incredibly superior operate

ucfli wwzp odlafkjgl pkid gdzcnacqi mycn ldbtvxfhe kvyi wuukehtec ivjt dqtwkjhjz xwmz gmfbdegzm wnvh brcgqofka ibil wozvjacrn torp rfjkuizvx palk vcitjzijt thsz eqsolceza qppl inuqufytr yxjw [that was the beginning of a very long post of random characters, which had embedded within it a few URLs]

Apparently the purpose of the spam is the links they also put into their messages, and in their email addresses/identities, so that more external links will point to their spammy sites and help them get higher search rankings.

What a boring life these spammers must lead.

So initially I switched from open commenting to moderated comments. I guess it’s time for captcha.

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