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Friday, 3 October 2014

Comment spam

I just had a look. 789 comments have been posted to this blog ... and about 20,000 spam comments. About 99.99% of those spam comments were filetered by the blog software straight to a spam folder, so no-one ever saw them. Of the 0.001% that actually made it to visibility, no-one ever read them, let alone clicked on the link, and no way bought anything.

So why do they do it?

I think most spam is a scam run by the spammer against a genuine business. For $100 (or whatever it is) they say "Your message will reach a million readers" or however many it is. But what they don't tell the business is "reach and be ignored by".

One of the common factors I hear when I contact a business spamming me, is that they feel swindled by the people who sold them the list and sent out the spam.

5 comments:

  1. I feel a business opportunity coming on here, that way I can make my £10 million and use my entrepreneurial relief!! whoopie

    ps, did anyone read this ??

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    1. Yes - I read it!
      I've often thought there to be a business opportunity to proof read spam before it goes out. Decent grammar and spelling would increase its effectiveness no end.

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  2. Someone called Anonymous really likes my blog
    Lots of love,
    Daughter. 2
    SilverSpoon London

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    1. Is this Spam !! I clicked on the link and it took me to a dodgy website !! :) A lot of well to do's enjoying smoked salmon sandwiches.

      Yours truly,
      Anonymous of Hamersham on the Hill

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