These days I'm observing some strange new patterns in blog comment spamming and somehow I don't get what's the idea behind it. Maybe some other bloggers have noticed a similar phenomenon and have idea what's its purpose. Or how about if one you spammers tell me why you do it?
Okay, here is what happens: besides the usual comments that contain direct links to various junk sites in a hopeless attempt to get a share of my site's pagerank I'm getting more and more crap comments that contain links to sites like google.com or other "serious" sites. What's the purpose of that? Those posts are always completely unrelated to the content of the corresponding article so they are definitely not written by real visitors. Usually those attacks come in waves of four or five and I already suspected that maybe the first ones are made to lull me in so I let the fifth slip through - but no, none of those contains any kind of questionable URLs or offers. So I really don't understand what's their purpose except to annoy me.
On the other side when I check my logfiles I'm seeing a lot of new referrers coming from the comments of other blogs. This is of course is normally very welcome - but strangely lots of these others blogs are thematically completely unrelelated to Quasimondo so I must say it smells a bit strange if suddenly I see ten exotic new links in a day when before there were usually one or two in a week. Of course I don't mind incoming links wherever they come from - but somehow I suspect a sinister plot behind this - like feeding my pagerank first and then when it's ripe, to gather the harvest in form of massive comment spamming? But actually I have no idea. Looks like I have to sit back and keep watching.Posted at November 15, 2004 11:56 PM | Further reading