Comment spam needs no introduction and so does a comment spammer. A comment spammer is a person or a software program (bot) whose main purpose is to fill your blog with rubbish with the sole aim of getting either a link juice or to spread the word by promoting something in this stupid manner. It is one of the nasty things, one nuisance bloggers frequently encounter. Popular Blogs get hundreds of comments everyday and managing comments and filtering spam soon becomes a headache if no antispam measures have been put in place.
Electric ego gets its fair share of comments (thanks to the popularity of the blog!) and no wonder, majority of the comments are nothing but spam. If you are not thinking of employing any antispam tools on your blog, I suggest you do it now. Akismet is a good one. Akismet is very good at checking and curbing spam comments and if you are not using it for your blog, I will definitely advise on giving it a try. You have better things to do with your life than deal with the underbelly of the internet. Automattic Kismet (Akismet for short) is a collaborative effort to make comment and trackback spam a non-issue and restore innocence to blogging, so you never have to worry about spam again. That’s Akismet mantra.
Antispam tools evolve as spammers evolve. I noticed comments spammers are getting smarter on this blog here. Normally I don’t publish comments like “thanks for the info”, “This blog is nice”, “I appreciate the information here”, or “Buy this viagra” or “get that car insurance”, “your blog is good, click on my link now”, “I visited this blog, now buy cheap vitamins here”, :”nice blog, blah blah blah.”
One funny comment that I noticed few days back was:- “Hey, I found your blog via google while searching for first aid for a heart attack and your post looks very interesting!”
The ‘not really puzzled’ me did a quick searching on google for “first aid for a heart attack” and while I was nowhere in the results, I did find some useful information on the topic. (who says spam has no utility?)
One particular thing to notice is Google is experimenting with the way links on SERPs are displayed, perhaps to enchance usability.