Don’t get spammed by flattery

Spammers love blogs and have been a plague for a long time. Sadly, parasites will always be with us. Lately there seem to be more that try to get posted by using flattery.

It used to be that spammers just tried to comment with long lists of links to junk sites. The machinery of the blog providers has pretty much eliminated those spam comments. Flattering comments with just one or two links are easy to spot. Here are some (edited) examples:

This submit actually made my day. You can’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this info! Thank you! my blog … [link to junk site]

Hey very nice blog! My blog: … [link to junk site]

I do not even know hоw I endеd up hеrе, but I thоught this post was greаt. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers! my blog post … [link to junk site]

Hey There. That is an extremely neatly written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return to read extra of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I will certainly return. my web site: … [link to junk site]

Well, you are not likely to fall for these. As much as we all like praise, these overly-flowery comments are not likely to get approved and published as comments. Do not approve a flattering comment that is not truly responsive to the post on which it is submitted.

Some spammers have started to automatically include your post title in their comment in hopes of getting it approved as a comment. Here is one:

Thanks for finally talking about > “Long Shadows” < Liked it! my page … [link to junk site]

Even parasites are not totally stupid, so the latest trick is to not include any links. The default settings on most blogs require comment approval before publishing unless the comment writer was previously approved. And therein lies a potential for getting tons of unexpected spam comments to get through. The spammer just needs to get one comment approved and it is open sailing thereafter. Don’t let that happen to you! Here is an obvious one from that class:

Just desire to say your article is as astounding. The clearness to your
publish is simply spectacular and i can suppose you’re knowledgeable in this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with impending post. Thank you one million and please continue the rewarding work.

But some may be quite short and easily mistaken for actual praise. You don’t want to reject a real reader of your blog, so the best strategy is to set your blog to require approval of all comments by you.

In WordPress the setting is under SettingsDiscussion as shown in this illustration:

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Blogger settings are under SettingsPosts and comments

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Consider letting anyone comment, but require approval for all comments. Enjoy the occasional flattery, they may be worth a chuckle, but make sure that they do not result in a headache!

.:.

© 2012 Ludwig Keck

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  1. #1 by Beatrice P. Boyd on April 2, 2013 - 7:39 am

    Hi Ludwig, I enjoyed this post and thankfully we have not been bothered recently by similar comments, but we have received some before. Our “who can comment” setting is set for “only registered users” now and I was wondering if changing it to “anyone” would allow more folks to comment as we are usually not overwhelmed with feedback. What is your opinion? I do check the spam folder on a regular basis and we delete any offensive or spam comments. I see blog posts with hardly any interesting or informative content get dozens of comments, while other more intelligent and informative ones, such as yours, get hardly any…go figure. We do not participate in any memes or similar themes, nor do I have any interest…perhaps it’s just a payback for folks who read and comment on many blogs?
    Your thoughts, as always, are appreciated. [edited by LJK]

    • #2 by Ludwig on April 3, 2013 - 11:52 am

      Hello Beatrice,
      Thank you for commenting. Yes, you may receive more comments by allowing anyone at all to comment, just be sure that the comments must be approved by you before they are published. [I took the liberty to edit your comment.]

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