Between this blog and the one I manage for Amawalk Monthly Meeting, I get to see some interesting spam messages. Here’s the header from one – it made me giggle:
Author : Helena Bonham Carter (IP: 184.108.40.206 , 199-116-86-141.5280enterprises.com)
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
URL : http://digghits.com/story.php?id=341552
As if HBC would use Phoebe Cates as her e-mail alias!
A few years ago, I had a friend who worked for a SEO company. His job was to be what he called a “sock puppet”, to comment blogs and websites as one of the company’s clients, linking back to their websites. In any one day he might be a ceramicist, a plumber and a construction contractor, searching the web to find appropriate places to post and link.
Some of the spammers swear (by most holy God!) that they’re making money on their blogs… that the Amawalk information is “the best comment on the topic” they’ve ever seen… that if I used SEO this incredible post could have appeared on the first page of Google search results. I wonder how many of them are from sock puppets like my friend, and how many are robotic spammers with a pre-programmed message. And I wonder how many of my friend’s messages were ultimately deleted as being spam.
We talk about driving traffic to our blogs, there are seminars and workshops on how to become a Great and Influential Blogger, and one of the cardinal rules is to respond to your commenters. Maybe I should start responding to mine, rather than assigning them to the spam folder and deleting them.