Everyday I receive a large amount of “Comment Spam”. When comments are entered, WordPress requires an email and it is also possible to enter a URL of the commenter’s site.
Spam comments obviously don’t have legitimate email addresses. Most fake a yahoo or hotmail address, though I am starting to see that gmail addresses are increasing in use.
The URL’s that are entered in the URL location as well as with in the main comment area are drug manufactures, porn sites, insurance companies and recently I have had a large amount from General Motors.
Ninety-nine percent of all of this spam is caught by the WordPress software and I don’t have to do anything with it other than to review once in a while to insure that it didn’t catch a legitimate comment and consider it spam. Once in a while a piece of spam will slip by WordPress and then I have to classify it as spam and from then on WordPress will take care of it.
Some of the spam doesn’t try to mask itself as anything other than spam. It may be just 20 – 30 URL to whatever sites the spammer is promoting. Sometimes they put what appear to be legitimate comments to hopefully fool the person or software into accepting it and publishing it on the site.
It still amazes me how poorly written the comments are that they try to fool you with. Here are the last eleven comments I received that masquerade as legitimate comments.
1. I can’t be bothered with anything these days, but such is life. I don’t care. So it goes. More or less nothing seems worth thinking about. I’ve just been hanging out waiting for something to happen, but that’s how it is.
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3. So interesting site, thanks!
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5. So interesting site, thanks!
6. Great website! Bookmarked! I am impressed at your work!
7. Very good site. Thanks for author!
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10. H1! Nice site, looks great! Well job you done, thanks… =)
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