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Random Rants: “Do You Have An Issue With Spam?” Asked The Cheeky Blog Spammer

questionmarksI like questions.

Questions are good.

Sometimes I like asking them and at other times I like answering them.

Sometimes I ask questions when I need to know the answer to something but at other times I ask questions to see if others know the answer to something.

I encourage people to leave comments on this blog and comments can be in the form of an opinion, a question, an observation or anything which adds some value to the original blog post.

Recently I received a comment from someone purporting to be a fellow blogger who had a question for me.

It was a question about comment spam so I was immediately interested because I hate comment spam.

Comment spammers are parasites who want to take from you, do you harm and give nothing of benefit in return.

This was the question I received:

“Do you have a spam issue on this blog?

“I also am a blogger and I was wondering [about] your situation.

“Many of us have created some nice methods and we are looking to trade techniques with other folks so please shoot me an e-mail if interested.”

Sadly it was not a genuine question at all. It was from a spammer.

A spammer asking me if I had a problem with spam comments on my blog…what cheek!

So here is my reply:

“Dear fellow blogger,

Sorry for failing to give you a personal salutation here but you really only have yourself to blame for that one.

Choosing to give your name as a random series of letters and symbols means I don’t know who you are.

So do I have spam issue on my blog?

Well yes I do thanks to people like you who try to place irrelevant comments on my blog in the hope of getting free back links to their sites.

But thankfully I am on top of it and I take the time to remove those comments which are not automatically filtered by the anti-spam software I use.

In those cases I remove the comment and blacklist the IP address which is what I have done in your case.

Patrick.

P.S. There is about as much chance of me “shooting you an email” as there is of me signing up for that dodgy gambling system you are promoting.”

7 Responses to Random Rants: “Do You Have An Issue With Spam?” Asked The Cheeky Blog Spammer

  1. Paula Frye
    Twitter:
    UNITED STATES
    October 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Hi Patrick.

    I have the same problem on my blog. Because of that I’ve made it really difficult to comment there. People have to sign in, which (of course) spammers don’t do … yet. I spent a lot of time one morning deleting over 80 comments like you mentioned. I just don’t have the patience for that :-) I’m glad you do have the patience, because I always enjoy reading the comments.

    I’d been wondering what great anti-spam software people were using to allow instant (and easy) comments on their blogs. I guess there is a lot of deleting going on behind the scenes. I would love to locate a good plugin to take care of all of that — but I guess the blog spammers just find a way around everything that comes along.

    If you ever find a good plugin for that problem, I hope you will post it here :-)

    Take care,
    Paula
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    • Patrick Griffin
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      UNITED KINGDOM
      October 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

      I suppose the only consolation is that every now and again, like today’s example, a spammer will actually say something interesting enough for me to get a blog post out of it. ;)
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  2. Catherine White
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    UNITED STATES
    October 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Spam – one of the hated words in Internet marketing. You have to acknowledge the initiative some spammers use to post comments or perhaps it is LACK of initiative to actually do some work the right way.
    You gave me a giggle this morning, thanks!
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    • Patrick Griffin
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      October 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      Yes true. Some people will try to put their efforts to use in a legitimate way while others just try to help themselves by cheating and at the expense of others. Spammers, clearly, are in the latter category.
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  3. andrew stark
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    October 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    I get dozens a day, but askimet is brilliant at stopping them all and keeping them hidden. It’s a default WordPress plugin, but you need to register to get an activation code.

    Andrew
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  4. Sergio Felix
    Twitter:
    MEXICO
    October 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Hey Patrick,

    I remember replying to spam comments on my first blog because I actually thought they were real! LOL

    I used a lot of techniques to get rid of them but it still took me a lot of time to manage until I finally got rid when I started using a combination of Akismet & GrowMap Anti-Spambot (G.A.S.P.) plugin.

    For me, that’s a flawless combination!

    PS. I was using the (G.A.S.P.) plugin before I bought CommentLuv+ premium and when I installed CommentLuv+ I received a notification of deactivating the GASP plugin in order for CommentLuv to work properly. So I believe it is already embedded there, I’m not sure though.
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    • Patrick Griffin
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      UNITED KINGDOM
      October 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

      Hi Sergio,
      Yes you are quite right, GASP is included with the new CommentLuv+ plugin so there is no need to have it installed elsewhere on your blog.
      If you have not done so already you should go to your plugin settings and configure the GASP plugin to your own particular anti-spam needs.

      P.S. If only I could find a mental plugin to remove Sting songs from my head ;)
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