For whatever reason, this blog has been receiving a lot of spam comments of late. WordPress has a pretty decent filter that deflects a lot of junk into a Spam folder, but more have been sneaking through lately.
For the most part, the spam comments I get are generic, poorly worded statements telling me that they love my blog (duh, who doesn’t?) and complementing the layout of the site (which is a stock WordPress template). Oddly, very few seem to be trying to sell me anything*, which is probably why they make it past the filter. I skim them to make sure they’re not legitimate, then I punt them to the trash.
*Seriously, has anybody ever purchased something advertised in a spam email, blog comment, or pop-up ad? How many people see emails for ED meds, website comments offering designer purses, or a pop-up offering discount insurance if you “know this one little trick” and think “I really need these things. Instead of finding a reputable vendor, I’m going to click on this random link”?
Do companies have media buyers who are telling their bosses “TV is too expensive, print is dead, and it is impossible to have a good radio ad. Therefore, I propose that we spend our entire Q4 advertising budget on spam emails and flashing webpage ads. The click rate is going to be ridiculous!”
Spamming people seems like a ton of work (and a lot of legal risk) for very little return.
Yet, today’s comment is worth sharing. It is such a garbled mess of broken English, bizarrely off-topic messages, and weirdness that I absolutely love it.
I’m not sure who “Charlie” is, but he sounds like a dude I’d like to have a beer with – so he can enlighten me about contractors, Democratic lawmakers and UV rays ending at my kids.