Job Postings as Comment Spam

WantAd I have noticed a new type of comment spam on my blog the last couple of weeks. Comments posted for job placements. In the last couple of weeks I have noticed 3 – 8 postings in comments, of this type, a day.

Oddly enough, most of these postings are associated with my post Living Room Rule of Posting which states my rules for posting comments on my blog. I guess I wasn’t specific enough because I did not state, do not post random job postings as comments.

It is interesting to see how comment spammers change tactics as filters become more sophisticated. Another type of comment spam I have noticed recently is the one word comment, using words such as nice or good. These comments use the web address associated with the name to hook people. It is interesting to see comments like these, with the link to a car dealership, or drug manufacturer.

Some posts will use a single word, and have a seeming legitimate link to a blog. When you try the link, and try them I do, a single blog page advertising some product is displayed.

As I have been writing my blog, it has been interesting to watch how spam and spam filters evolve in a game of leap frog. One thing I will say is that comment spammers, and spammers, in general, sure are tricky.

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7 Responses to “Job Postings as Comment Spam”

  1. teeni Says:

    I’ve been seeing a lot of those one word wonders myself. And I think because I poked fun of Nicole Richie’s thinness, someone must think I want to see Paris Hilton nude because I get plenty of those offers too. LOL. They really ARE tricky and some use some silly logic while others really seem to put some thought into theirs. You just never know what to expect next. I love that Akistmet catches so many of them though. It is a great tool.

  2. Opal Tribble Says:

    I find those annoying.

    Another type I’ve seen is trackbacks where they use someone elses name and link it to your post. I get a lot of those with my Healing Yourself Naturally website and The Raw & The Cooked website.

  3. Thomas Says:

    teeni – After my post about the word bald being too sexy for Akismet, I get some pretty wierd comment spam about baldness and such. I will admit that Akismet does a great job keeping up with comment spam.

    Opal – I have not encountered the trackback issue that you are describing. I do periodically have problems with scraper blogs that copy yours and other posts in entirety to generate their content. I was having problem with one based in China, that would not give me credit for the content, but would have a trackback in the post to your original.

  4. teeni Says:

    Opal, I’ve seen those too and I don’t understand that at all. Why would they want to do that? One that I saw was my post about arcade games versus slot machines – the basis of my post was that I liked arcade games better than slots, but the post was linked to a site for slot machines and casino games. It seems obvious that they didn’t read the post to my conclusion or it was automated somehow. Weird.

  5. Opal Tribble Says:

    thomas,
    I still get the trackbacks I really don’t like them at all. I’d be happir with a short mention and a link back to my website. A lot of the scraper sites that use my content also use Google ads so they pick they content that they think will be a high payout if a person clicks. Google does not like scrapers so I report them plus I’ve heard some cases where the scraper site has ranked higher than the original for that post. Weird!

    teeni,
    Well you did talk about slots. That’s all they needed. πŸ™‚

    What they most likely have done is have an alert set up for the word “slot machines” so they will visit blogs or link to blogs that have mentioned it in their post.

  6. teeni Says:

    Oooh. HAH! I never thought about the word “slots.” Thanks for the info. That alert sounds like what they must have done. Thanks for letting me use your comments section as a mini- forum, Thomas. πŸ˜‰

  7. Thomas Says:

    Opal – It is good to hear that Google will take action if a scraper site is reported. I have mixed feelings about my site being scraped. I am not currently monetizing my blog, so they aren’t really taking money out of my pocket, and I am trying to build a wider audience. I just get bummed, when I see no real credit for the post, just a trackback to your site.

    teeni – Mention one word, and you will get snagged. As I said I mentioned the word sexy and bald in a post, so you can imagine the comment spam I am getting. Oof.
    I am happy to hear that people are sharing information from my site, that is one of the major purposes of my site.


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