You all know what linkspam is.
Originally it appeared in internet guestbooks, where spammers would repeatedly fill a guestbook with links to their own site and no relevant comment. If an actual comment was given it was often just “cool page”, “nice website”, or keywords of the spammed link.
(That’s just one of the reasons why you should never leave comments saying “cool” or “great” or similar meaningless words on any sites).
Linkspam is NOT harmless. If your website links to poor neighbourhoods, to sites that engage in shady linking practices, or to a lot of non-relevant content, those links will lower the quality, trustworthiness and relevance of your article
But let me reinforce the message about link spam – we all have to actively fight the people who will bring down your site without a second thought. Does it give them pleasure to destroy your site? Do they act from malice? Or is it just a manifestation of self-centred stupidity? It doesn’t really matter – the result of their spam is the same.
Linkspam is more than a nuisance, it can kill your site
Don’t end up being blacklisted by search engines because of spammers leaving links in your precious site.
Link spammers will attack you. Link spammers will attack ANYTHING out there, and nothing is foolproof. For success with a social site, or any site that allows user-generated content (such as a blog allowing comments), you have to be prepared to fight spam.
Even in these days of capcha programs, even if you scrupulously moderate every comment you receive, the disgusting people who revel in creating linkspam continue to do it and they’re always finding new ways to do it. There’s software for sale which linkspams for them!
In your WordPress Comments, you’ll find the most inane (and often moronic) comments such as ‘what theme are you using?’ even ‘what blogging software are you using’ and the old ‘I can’t see this in IE”. They’re spam.
Examples of spam I’ve recently received
“I’ve recently been looking for іnfo about these subject for a long time and үours is tҺe greаtest I’ve ϲame uрon“.
Poor English is a signifier but, as you see, the comment is meaningless. It could be posted to any site. And it has! It’s obviously from software that sends out spammy comments with the spammer’s link attached.
This one’s a trifle harder to pick
“After I originally left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a way you are able to remove me from that service?”
Clever, but not clever enough. The moron commented on a post which had NO comments anyway. However, one look at the address attached to this seemingly innocent comment would be enough to hurl it instantly into the spam bin.
If Akismet marks them as spam, 99.99% they’re spam
If for some reason you don’t believe that a link is spam, then hover your mouse over the url in the comment – don’t click on it and you can see what link the spammer wants to leave.
Please don’t get tired of fighting linkspam, keep at it!