I don’t know about other bloggers out there, but I’m seeing a different kind of spam in my comments these days. It looks like actual people are reading the blog posts and writing minimally appropriate comments, just to get a link to their website.
For example, on my post about The Wave, I got this comment from “christy”:
I think Wikipedia might have some info about the traces of this interesting game where fans are as much playing the game as professionals. I enjoyed watching this game.
The website linked to was a brand-new spam blog about televisions.
My post about the David Copperfield spoof video (which I called Magic is all around us) garnered this comment from “laura”:
Since the lord god is all around us, obviously the magic too. This is what i believe. What do you say?????????
Laura linked to a spam blog about dogs with an identical design to Christy’s.
These comments have clearly been written by a person because of their goofy but tenuous applicability to the blog post. Someone out there is interested enough in page rank to pay someone to write comments in middling English that are “about” the blog post, and not about their cheesy portal site at all. The good news is that this makes me think the comment spam preventions are working, and it’s increasing the cost of spam for the spammers. The bad news is that these comments have to be cleaned by hand.
In my comments (and in the link above), I use the rel=”nofollow” attribute to ensure that search engines don’t lend any credibility to the link. As of now, I advertise that fact on the comments form. I doubt it will stop the spammers from trying, but one can hope...