Spamalot

Unlike WordPress.org installations, WordPress.com doesn’t come with much installed under the hood. One of the most important things I did in the first week or two while I was setting up this website was install a spam filter.  The site doesn’t get a lot of traffic from interested visitors at the moment, which is fine – there has to be something to attract attention first – but it has pulled its fair share of spam.

The spam posts are rather charming in their way, using syntax that sounds like it was written by a software program (which it probably was) to try to say something that sounds like a real post. Here are a few selected items to illustrate what I’m talking about.

Authequer sent me this:

“I’m impressed, I must say. Truly rarely do I encounter a weblog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your notion is outstanding; the concern is something that not enough individuals are speaking intelligently about. I am really happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.”

While gratifying to hear that my notion is outstanding, the warm sentiments expressed by Authequer were somewhat undermined by the link they provided to a website selling Michael Kors bags.

Bio Oil Reviews was a little more obscure in meaning:

“How did you have the ability to develop this kind of excellent masses associated with commenters to your website?”

I’m note quite sure how those excellent masses were developed, or indeed what they are, so I’ll have to leave Bio Oil in the dark for now.

Vimax was even more incoherent, with the following rambling statement, doubtless the product of staying up too late reading my trenchant comments:

“Attractive component to content. I simply stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your weblog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing for your augment or even I achievement you get right of entry to constantly fast.”

And then I heard from Michael Kors’ website directly:

The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as significantly as this one. I mean, I know it was my selection to read, but I actually thought youd have something fascinating to say. All I hear can be a bunch of whining about something that you simply could fix should you werent too busy looking for attention.

So much for Mr Nice Guy. The mail included a link to a Michael Kors diaper bag. A not-so-subtle hint, I think.

By far the largest percentage of the spam is from sites promoting clothing and fashion accessories – Nike, Michael Kors, Redbottom shoes, Lululemon, Christian Louboutin. By far the biggest offender is Michael Kors. Clearly he has far too much time on his hands now that he’s not a regular judge on Project Runway.

There it is, a quick cross-section of the sort of junk that blogs attract. I wait in hope for the day when the legitimate posts outnumber the spam…