S Is For Spam
With all the marvelous things that technology now does for us, why is it that we still get spam? For a long time I didn't understand when fellow bloggers complained about spam, then someone in Pakistan or India or Russia discovered my blog and put me on the spam mailing list. Everyday I am bombarded by ridiculous comments with links to commercial sites.
Because of participating in the A to Z Challenge there have been quite a few new visitors to my blog, but the spammers seem to have found the listing also. Has everyone else received their messages?
Sometimes the spammer comments are funny. For "H" I wrote a little piece about a woman who killed her husband with a hammer "for all the little things." The spammer wrote "Plenty of useful information here. I am passing it on to a friend. Please also see my website..." What, exactly, was "useful" about whacking a spouse over the head with a hammer? Perhaps his friend also had an annoying spouse?
The A to Z Challenge post for "O" was about my home state, Oregon, and focused on my backyard. The spammer said "I'm not sure where you get your information, but very interesting. Please see my webite..." Ummm, it's my backyard idiot! I look out the patio doors; that's where I get all my interesting information. Do they really think that we will fall for these canned comments?
Fortunately the spamming seems to hit my old posts rather than the most recent postings and my old posts require comment moderation. Some old posts are hit harder than others. For some reason Five Reasons Why I Voted For Obama seems to be a target for links for premature ejaculation treatments and penis enhancements...what's up with that? My post Nana Tells the Truth About Nose Hair gets a lot of links to beauty treatments...well, maybe that one is appropriate, but I still don't believe it when they say "Everyone should read this post." Yeah, everyone needs to read about my unsightly nose hair?
I've resisted moving to comment moderation, but I'd sure like some hints on how to stop the spammers. Does it really do any good to identify those comments as spam?
Update: I accidently published this a day early. It was up less than 10 minutes before I had my first comment...a !#$%^ spammer!!!