May 30, 2004

I think I finally feel like the outside matches the inside

I don't know if you've noticed the spam that turns up in the comments of this and other blogs. These messages plug all the usual stuff: Viagra, Cialis, Propecia, home refinancing, Blousant, on-line casinos, penis enlargement, "gay animal sex," etc.

It used to be quite a problem here, but now that I have Blacklist in effect (thanks to Michele and Dean, once again) it's pretty much under control. Now the occasional item will slip through, but the urls can be blocked so subsequent messages with the same urls won't appear.

At first, most of the messages would tend simply to be url-heavy pieces of text that went something like: Viagra! Get Viagra! You need Viagra! Viagra here! Viagra! Viagra! And did I mention: Viagra! Others would just have some random words like some of the email spam you get.

Then, for some reason, they (I mean: the folks in charge of this enterprise) started to try to make the messages sound more like what I suppose someone somewhere imagined people would actually leave as comments on blogs. Example: "those is very interesting stuffs. I'm agree to disagree. nice discussion." And the url, sometimes listed in the comment form where I would have entered, and sometimes included in the message as well, would be something like

I can't imagine the folks get too many orders for BustPro from readers of this, or any other blog, no matter how much spam they attempt to unleash. Maybe I'm wrong, though.

Well, anyhow, this is just a long-winded way to introduce the text of a recent piece of spam left on the comments, with an on-line casino url. It kind of cracked me up, though I doubt I could explain exactly why:

Hello. Did anyone see the swan the other night? Those women looked awesome.

Posted by Dr. Frank at May 30, 2004 05:06 PM | TrackBack

Forget the swan.

Posted by: swimmy at May 30, 2004 06:18 PM

Damn spammers. They're never on thread. You'd think that someone advertising Viagra would have a cogent $.02 to add on the topic of bukake.

Posted by: sheckie at May 30, 2004 06:32 PM

I know that you mentioned the swan guy being a casino spammer, but I'm sure they probably all work out of SpamConspiracy HQ, plotting their great spam marketing drives and spam conquests. Actually, the bukake thread would've been a fantastic opportunity for Viagra spam.

Posted by: sheckie at May 30, 2004 06:42 PM

In my role as explainer of bizarre trends on the Internet, I feel obliged to explain that they're not really hoping readers of the blogs will follow those links, they're just hijacking your good Google ranking to get their site ranked higher in Google, especially for the search terms they keep repeating.

Google doesn't know the difference between you touting their site and them spamming their own links and gives the credit/rank-boost either way.

Hope that Blacklist thing keeps working, though it pretty much seems like a losing battle. My site seems to avoid the problem through use of obscure software that almost no one else uses. Knock on...wood.

Posted by: Dave Bug at May 30, 2004 07:08 PM

they wouldnt do it if it didnt make money - and sadly, it does. I remember reading an article about a guy who was obsessed with buying stuff from the various spam emailings he got daily. Its sickos like that that keep such companies in business.

for penis enlargers, bigger breasts, better sex, fast computers, and naked girls:

Posted by: nick at May 30, 2004 08:54 PM

Hi Frank,

Where do I get blacklist? I need it in a serious way. Please send email. Save me!


Posted by: Michael J. Totten at May 30, 2004 09:27 PM

Michael: Blacklist can be found at

Posted by: Ian S. at May 31, 2004 01:20 AM

"I can't imagine the folks get too many orders for BustPro from readers of this, or any other blog, no matter how much spam they attempt to unleash. Maybe I'm wrong, though."

You are, but not in the way you think; this is a technique to take advantage of blogs' high ratings on Google to up their Google PageRank for their site.

Posted by: Gary Farber at June 1, 2004 03:13 PM

The phenomenon you all are explaining is called Google-bombing. Do a lookup on it for the full explanation. It's essentially the reason that when you do a lookup of "waffles" on Google, the #1 ranked site (the first one that appears in the search list) is John Kerry's campaign website and the same for George Bush when you look up "miserable failure". This way if you do a lookup for giant titties, you get whatever paysite has google-bombed the most or got the most hit-counts. Hope that helps all that didn't know.

Posted by: Zaphod Beeblebrox at June 1, 2004 03:58 PM

You know, I have a confession to make: I vaguely understood the google-ranking rationale for flooding blogs with url-laden comments. But given the opportunity to use the word "smallbreast-solutions" in a sentence, I just went for it. You know how it is. Thanks, for the detailed explanations, though.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at June 1, 2004 04:35 PM

Ah, I see that you're using redirecting URLs now, negating any Google juice 'they' are hoping to squeeze out of you. Or maybe you have been for awhile, and I just didn't notice.

I don't know enough about MT to know if you got that with the new Blacklist feature or if it's just that you're adept at hiding your techoskillz. You're really a closeted coder, aren't you?

Posted by: Dave Bug at June 2, 2004 02:41 AM