Large collection of default spam-comments from a slimy SEO tool

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  1. Hegelian says:

    Barnum Statements, not just for unscrupulous psychics anymore…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forer_effect

    http://www.skepdic.com/barnum.html

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    • Marc Nashaat says:

      I’m trying to understand how this spam reply has 46 likes….is this some kind of practical joke? Lol but really…this is the most absurd spam dump I’ve ever seen.

  3. Bersl says:

    If I wanted to see WordPress blog spam, I would drive into work and start doing support tickets.

    *goes into the corner and cries*

  4. malindrome says:

    I am interested in your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  5. nixiebunny says:

    I’ll trade you a dozen WP spams for two dozen Nigerian dead-dictator spams. 

  6. normd says:

    I guess I should be sad that my blog gets few of these. 

  7. Cyran0 says:

    *Reads the entirety of the spam, stops, reads again, then pushes away from the keyboard in quiet resignation.
    Stands in background, shaking head, coaxing furrowed brow with heavy hand kneading.
    Returns, pauses in fixed contemplation, then posts the following reply:*

    “Has anyone really been so far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?”

  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Having chased many IPs for these things, I’m pretty sure that the grammar and syntax aren’t deliberate.  They mostly come out of South and East Asia.

  9. Nezrite says:

    From here on out, “I regard  your point of view” will become part of my daily speech.

  10. Ian Wood says:

    I get the same ones on Movable Type, but I have a plug-in that shunts them all into the trash. Though lately–within the past 6-8 weeks–more have been slipping into the valid “awaiting moderation” queue. 

  11. tw1515tw says:

    Thank you for your post, I shall certainly visit your site again

    From Mr. Buy shoes/drugs from my web site

    Akismet does a good job at keeping these at bay on my site. It is interesting to look at them, but they never seem genuine to me. The URL gives them away.

    • I never read the comments, and instead go straight to the URL. Easiest and quickest way to identify spam.

      Sometimes I strip out the URL, change the name and edit the comment so it makes sense. I consider that a minor victory on my part.

  12. Jim Saul says:

    I wish they would just learn to finish a thought. How DOES your sister’s aunt make $4,738 on the internet per week working from home?!?  And just what IS the “one weird trick”?!

  13. Cyran0 says:

    To be serious: I’ve come to odds with certain friends who thought SEO was a fucking game, and took honest discontent and outrage at their coy and disingenuous response to my objection.

    *sigh* Cyran0 be too drunk for this young man’s game, right now.

    • Seo (as it was 5 years ago) is dead. Google is getting too smart and fortunately cares more about quality content than tricks. The only trick left that genuinely works is writing good content, so everybody wins.

      Blackhat still exists, but it’s too risky for most companies to indulge in.

      • nixiebunny says:

        That’s what I thought, until I started searching for parts for my 1958 Chevy the other day, and five of the top ten hits were for “Tucson Hyundai”.

        Clearly, someone has figured out how to game Google this week.

        • Oh you’ll still get blackhat, but those that use it won’t be ranking for long. It’s very much a short game strategy!

          • Gail Gardner says:

            That’s just Google churning the results – as time goes on, fewer and fewer sites will be ranking consistently. Churn is a great thing – for them. Keeps everyone off balance and hoping for better rankings soon. 

        • billstewart says:

           Last year, when I was looking for parts of my 1985 Chevy, if I’d lived near Tucson that might have been appropriate (as in, “Dude, the car’s going to die soon, give up now.”)    But for a 1958, you’re presumably long past that stage :-)

      • Cyran0 says:

        “Google is getting too smart and fortunately cares more about quality content than tricks. The only trick left that genuinely works is writing good content . . . ”

        That basically sums up exactly what I told them.

        I explained that fluffing and spamming are frowned upon, and even offered to help write content for their blog (Hey, they don’t call me Cyran0 for nothin’. ;) ).
        I was, in essence, told where I could shove it.

        That blog and the affiliated web store have since been taken down, but for other reasons.

        Too bad, I had my ‘I told you so’ all scripted and ready to go.

      • Gail Gardner says:

        You wish. If that were true their serps would be clean (they’re a joke), the best sites would rank (they don’t), and spammers would eventually figure it out and stop. (I’m not holding my breath).

        If we would educate people to use other search engines they wouldn’t have so much of a monopoly. Thanks to the media many people think that Google is the ONLY search engine there is. I suggest DuckDuckGo as their results are getting better over time. NowRelevant is great for breaking news and updates on things that have a lot of posts. Even Bing would be better than automatically only ever using G.

        P.S. Google’s CEO announced their intention to favor big brands years ago and every update that is where they’re going. If you’re not favored you WILL be toast. See the infamous Cesspool comment at http://www.seobook.com/google-branding to read about it yourself.

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  15. Stickarm says:

    Maybe it was a comment from Paul Nuttall?

  16. voiceinthedistance says:

    I don’t see an appropriate amount of respect for the time that was invested putting these particular words in this particular order.  This would take only a few less monkeys, or a few less millennia than would be required for typing the complete works of Shakespeare.  Respect.

  17. sigdrifa says:

    Having seen enough of these comments on three WP Blogs I’m administering — individually, though, not in a single comment ;-) — I would like to take this opportunity to say: Kudos to the Akismet team. You are amazing. Not a single one of those has ever made it through yet.

    • Gail Gardner says:

      Wait until your blogs have been around longer and Akismet it letting through 1000+ bot spam a day and putting mot of your best commenters REAL comments into spam along with them and you won’t be praising them. 
      When it was taking me two hours a day to pick out the real comments and I even had other blogger volunteers doing it for me, Andy  @CommentLuv wrote the GrowMap Anti-spambot plugin (GASP) to block all that nonsense. The first day it blocked 96% of all comments – so that is how many were bots. You have to wonder why Akismet doesn’t block offensive words and illegal sites. There must be a reason. If I had to slog through 1000+ bot spam a day I would have eventually given up on blogging or at least on comments. It is too depressing to log in and see all that crap. I recently became a regular contributor on another blog and seeing 2000+ spambot comments come in over two days I had flashbacks of the time before GASP. I can’t do without it. If you’ve seen the “check this box” thing that’s it. 

  18. Dan Morrison says:

    It took no time at all to discover that a google-search on one of these phrases turns up 10s of thousands of victims – and also a reference to the spam-bot in question.
    Based on discussion at http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/buy-sell-trade/447629-gsa-search-engine-ranker-extremely-powerful-linkbuilding-software-free-5-day-trial-11.html it appears to be a thing called “GSA Search Engine Ranker” 

    Judging by its sample text shown in that thread, it’s not markov-based, but has a basic synonym substitution algorithm. … that the deployer of your attack didn’t take advantage of.

    {Anyway|Well} {I’m|I am} {adding|including} this RSS to my {e-mail|email} and {can|could} {glance|look} out for {a lot|much} {more|extra} of your respective {intriguing|fascinating|interesting|exciting} content. 

    • Gail Gardner says:

      Those were bad enough and now Warrior Forum is letting people promote all kinds of phony trackback spam generators. Fortunately, Andy @CommentLuv managed to find a way to block some of them so their crap goes right into spam. Many top bloggers are now blocking all trackbacks thanks to thieving spammers which is a great loss because they WERE a good way to spread critical information quickly to other bloggers. 

  19. plingboot says:

    I used to get these on a none wordpress site. Hundreds of them. It was a daily battle. I can’t recommend ZBBlock [ http://www.spambotsecurity.com/zbblock.php ] and stopforumspam.com enough. Both FOSS, spam is now almost zero.

  20. MarcVader says:

    I’ll just leave this here.

    http://youtu.be/anwy2MPT5RE

  21. Boundegar says:

    I do like the way you have framed this issue and it does supply us a lot of fodder for consideration.

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  23. Wreckrob8 says:

    They need a clear/(er) mission statement to keep everybody happy.

  24. The fake friendliness is somewhat annoying.  They should just leave the message and hope for the best :)

    • Eric Rucker says:

      The idea behind the fake friendliness is to get people to allow the messages through.

      • LennStar says:

        I always found that this type of friendliness sounds an “spam bell” more then anything else.
        Whoever writes this way? I have never met a real person who writes more then 2, 3  lines of that in this way.  So if the comments would 1/3 in length… it would work, I think. Like
        Nice post! I really have to think about it. I will make sure to  come back to your blog.  Keep up the good work!
        That is the longest a human writes these kinds of kindnesses – what propably tells you more about society then you want, if you think about it…

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          Perhaps spammers should start their comments with things like: fuck that shit, you’re a moron or you’re exactly like Hitler. That would give them a more realistic feel.

        • Eric Rucker says:

          To be fair, most of the spam that tries these tactics IS just one or two sentences, at least based on what I see in the spam queue. (I review every message on my blog, just to make sure Akismet doesn’t make a false positive through. So far, 1256 spams, and 1 false negative.)

    • Gail Gardner says:

      I have discussed with many people in other countries their penchant for calling me “dear” or being overly friendly when I don’t know them. It may be some cultural thing because they don’t really understand WHY I don’t want them to call me “dear” – not when I only know them from the comments and not later when we have known each other a long time. Maybe it is just me, but “dear” reminds me of waitresses in bad sitcoms or B movies who call everyone dear – and I don’t like waitresses calling me “dear” either. 

  25. tonbo0422 says:

    Hmm. Sounds vaguely like Turing test answers by computers. They’re so generalised but also specific that they sound like they COULD be for real. There are so many people who actually DO write like that — mindlessly vapid comments about issues, that it’s sometimes tempting to believe that they mean it. However, on my blog, after a vaguely complimentary comment (“Hey dude, loved the comment — it’s spot on! Keep up the good work! By the way, did you know you could get medication half-price here?”) it’s easy to spot and delete.

    *Sigh*. Whaddya gonna do except make your blog private, which I have done. Most people don’t bother commenting anyway. By the way, you can reduce your BMI by a third with Flowergen treatments.

  26. Just_Ok says:

    For $40, I could make the problem go away.

  27. Pope Ratzo says:

    Wait, so you mean those aren’t all people actually reading my blog and thinking my content is exciting/interesting/intriguing/fascinating?

    Now I’m bummed.

  28. Robert says:

    On a slightly different note, to prevent spammers and seoslime from invading my phpBB site, I’ve set up a few questions on registration that have to be answered correctly — that seems to weed out 95% of them — and I have a question similar to “Why do you want to join?” and and exhortation not to be vague.

    The few registrations that actually get past the correct answer phase have to be personally approved by me, so that I can see their answer to the “Why join” question. I have to shake my head at the honest guys who reply “seo”, and the obviously outsourced offshore guys who reply “for posting purpose” or “i like”, and they maybe-guys-maybe-bots who reply (I am not making this up) “yes” or “Google”.

  29. I used to use WP-Spamfree and it did a really good job of blocking most spam. But I ended up using Key Captcha which makes the user assemble an image to make their comment and it works great. Its only slightly annoying to the commenter.

    • Gail Gardner says:

      WP-Spamfree locked me and five admins out of my primary blog and it took three WordPress experts to get what happened completely cleaned up. That cured me of using it, but I know many bloggers who still use and recommend it. 

      Captchas are more annoying if you’re older and have more trouble reading them, but the worse thing is that the cookies for them get messed up somehow and even experienced Internet users rarely think to delete cookies and retry when they can’t get it to work.  

      The plugin that Phil Hollows at FeedBlitz got Andy Bailey at CommentLuv to write that he named after my blog is by far the best solution because most spam is bots and it blocks bots – something you would think Akismet would do but it doesn’t. If you’ve seen the “check a box” thing in a blog that’s it – the GrowMap anti-spambot plugin. It saves me hours of comment moderation a day blocking all that bot spam and thousands of bloggers have been using it for years now with next to no conflicts or issues. 

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  31. MikeM says:

    My current favourite comment spam starts with “thank you – #servername is the best site” … Talk about minimal effort.

    • Gail Gardner says:

      Well at least the complimentary spam beats the critical spam. You have to wonder who thinks telling a blogger they’re doing things all wrong is more likely to work. 

  32. richsadams says:

    My friends and I wrote these decades ago.  Back then it was called “Mad Libs”!

  33. lava says:

    FWIW I get these on Blogger as well, right in Googles front yard, although I’ve no idea how many they filter and I never get to see.

    I’ve gone to the trouble when the posts seemed to be shilling for a legitimate company, of contacting the company and showing the commenting to the person managing their online presence. In every case they had no idea the SEO consultant they hired was doing this. I’d tell them this made their company look really bad, and if it did not end I planned on sharing this. That would  reliably end the comments shilling that company.

    Fear of being identified as a spammer is the only thing that will reduce this practice. I wish there was a site or organization that publicly shamed companies that did this.

    • you are grossly overrating companies’ morality in respect to blackhat SEO/Spam.
      Most of my clients see astroturfing/spamming as a necessary evil, something their company simply has to do to stay in order to stay ahead of the competition -  sort of like paying taxes I supposse?
      Unfortunately it appears that for many, SEO spam still delivers a significant % of their business.

      • Gail Gardner says:

        It depends on the company. I send them my link about blacklisting phony trackback spammers and sometimes they don’t know spamming is stealing and sometimes they don’t care – they just want to take the “easy” way out. Either way, they ARE ruining their reputations online. 

        I often use contact forms or phone numbers or live chat to inform the businesses that they have hired incompetent people claiming to be SEOs. If they’re selling this type of spam I tweet at them that ethical bloggers WILL blacklist them forever if they don’t knock it off. (No, I don’t believe that the selfish will reform – they choose to be snakes and they don’t stop biting.)

  34. pierre says:

    I administer several hundred Joomla based websites, and I have always wondered what the SEO benefit of these posts are.  Usually SEO scams try to stuff links or keywords.  This bot does not…  

  35. Halloween_Jack says:

    This jumped out at me:

    I’ll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends.Heh.

  36. silentgarfield says:

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  37. Afonso Loureiro says:

    Better yet, is when this sort of spam appear on pages that have absolutely no English content, or are just a photo. BTW, this specific spamming tool targets photos to leave comments, although most blogs do not show comments to speficic files, only posts.

  38. Gail Gardner says:

    I don’t know how many might read this far, but bloggers need to remember that in their desire to delete spam they may be alienating their REAL readers. Deleting their comments because that is the easy way to make sure you aren’t being spammed is like putting a guard at the door of your business and telling potential customers they’re not good enough to come in and shop. We need to put interacting with our readers above stopping spam. 

  39. angusm says:

    Some of those comments look almost as if they were generated by a travesty tool – a text generator that learns a corpus of texts, computes the statistical probabilities of transitions between one word and the next, and then uses those to generate new random texts.

    I wonder if the spammers started with a set of generic made-up responses, and then used a travesty program to expand that set to a much larger set of possible comments.

    Synonym-swapping is another trick that spammers are known to use, and which also accounts for some rather odd quirks of meaning.

  40. Absolutley brilliant. Someone has never used a spinning tool before. ^^

    Askimet seems to keep my blog safe… for now…

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  42. thegoodfight says:

    If I know my SEO dirtbag software, and I do, this reeks of a paid wordpress plugin called “wp robot”.

    wp robot is a real piece of work, you plug in your various affiliate IDs and it generates ridiculous wordpress posts on whatever schedule you want it to. In an attempt to understand how the IM scene works and makes their money, I downloaded and installed this software. Somehow I got ~150 uniques a day within a few days, of course these uniques were just other sites with wp robot installed.

    Yet another bottle of snake oil, created by an unscrupulous cabal of IM dirtbags, and advertised on countless “squeeze pages”  to lend an air of legitimacy to this worthless product.

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