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Welcome to SPAM~A~LOT! June 8, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Mindfulness, People.
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SLTW has become a stomping ground for SPAM of late.

Everytime I go to Dashboard, the Spam Filter is brimming over with gratuitous messages spawned of devious design and dubious mind:

* proclaiming my brilliance at blogging
* extolling the virtues of the theme for SLTW
* wondering whether they can “borrow” content to share elsewhere

And et cetera ad nauseatum.

I no sooner clean out the crap and clap trap from the SPAM filter’s yap trap when more yap lands in my lap . . . ACK!

Early on during this blogging adventure, someone in the know  told me  that SPAM is good ~ it means that search engines are directing traffic this way.

But I’m left to wonder . . . is it the right kind of traffic to attract?

Do visits from Flatterers and SPAM Spatterers artificially inflate stats?

As they add to traffic congestion on certain posts, are they counted  when calculating traffic patterns?

Are SPAM comments included in tallies or disregarded once deleted?

If you know, do tell!

In the meantime, welcome to SPAM~A~LOT!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  What’s the Deal with SPAM? (WP Daily Post)

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1. ryoko861 - June 8, 2012

Yes, I believe they do count in the viewing count. I get them all the time and sometimes I get a kick out of reading and commenting on them. I probably have about 20 or 30 right now in que. According to them I’m superb in my writing, know my subject well and can’t be thanked enough for the information I’ve provided. Meanwhile, they’ve spammed a jpeg. You’d think those bots would be a little more imaginative. I’ve even had WordPress spam me on my other blog. It’s just part of the blogging culture I guess. Luckily, there’s the delete button.

nrhatch - June 8, 2012

Instead of all the applause, I wish they’d just throw money.

Akismet has trapped 20,370 spam comments in its filter ~ if they paid me $1 to post each of their comments . . . blogging would become a lucrative hobby! 😆

2. granny1947 - June 8, 2012

Damn…I thought I was the only one getting all this praise!!!!

nrhatch - June 8, 2012

I think I hurt their feelings with this post . . . I only had ONE spam comment in the filter this morning. And it was giving me advice on car insurance, not telling me what a FABULOUS writer I am. 😆

3. nuvofelt - June 8, 2012

Me too, I thought I was unique.

They even offer me useful drugs. I presume they want to enhance my internet performance 😉

nrhatch - June 8, 2012

Bwahaha! I love that . . . they often want to help me enhance my performance too! 😀

4. jannatwrites - June 8, 2012

I feel your pain! My spam traffic has gone up in the last couple weeks (during my 2-day camping trip last week, I accumlated 65 spam messages.) If I took all the flattery to heart, I’d need surgery to deflate my ego. I used to scan through spam messages to make sure a legit comment comment didn’t end up there (it’s happened a few times) but it’s getting to the point I don’t have time to do it anymore.

Although, Spam isn’t too bad if you fry it up and top it with cheese 🙂

Judson - June 8, 2012

Congratulations for having been the authoring of such particular writing of interest. I am to regard highly topical choices you are being wisdom to select.

nrhatch - June 8, 2012

@ Janna ~ I’ve been averaging about 30 spam comments a day. Until today. Maybe I’ve hurt their feelings with this post?

I did notice that most of the comments were directed to 4 “bulletin board” type posts. So I closed the comments on those posts and that seems to have helped. A lot. Maybe Spam-A-Lot will head elsewhere.

@ Judson ~ Bwahaha! I’m impressed. You nailed it AND got past the SPAM filter to post it. 😆

5. katecrimmins - June 8, 2012

I agree although every once in a while, I find a real person in my spam filter so I do check it. Not sure why.

nrhatch - June 8, 2012

I scan SPAM to make sure none of my blogging buddies have been snared in the filter. When there were only 5-6 SPAM messages a day, it was easy to do. When there are 40, I have to keep bringing my attention back to the task . . . of filtering the filter. 😉

6. Andra Watkins - June 8, 2012

It really does frustrate me, too, Nancy. A hobbyist like me should not be so consumed by SPAM. 😦

nrhatch - June 8, 2012

Until the recent spike in SPAM traffic, it didn’t bother me much ~ I just glanced at the names to make sure no friends had been snared and emptied the filter. But, now, there are 2-3 pages of smarmy comments in the SPAM swamp to wade through . . . I feel like I need a shower when I’m done. 😀

7. Piglet in Portugal - June 8, 2012

Spam it’s the bain of my life because some of my buddies also end up in the spam jam, so I have to check it carefully. I remember when all my comments used to go to peoples spam box and how frustrated I was. I’ve just deleted 32 Spam comments orginating from Facebook. It is as you say a spam swamp!

nrhatch - June 8, 2012

It’s amazing how fast they multiply . . . they’re like RABBITS! 😯

8. kateshrewsday - June 8, 2012

Thank goodness for that spam filter, Nancy ….can you imagine actually fielding those comments?

nrhatch - June 8, 2012

I think I would beat a hasty retreat to the Exit Sign. 😀

9. Pocket Perspectives - June 8, 2012

I’ve been getting tons of spam too…all on one post. They seem to be improving their syntax and vocabulary level…and recently they’ve been SO complimentary. ( Maybe I’ll show my H. and he’ll pick up on those kinds of comments?) I’ve been tempted to delete them all without viewing, but a few of my favorite bloggers have been sent there, so I don’t want to take a chance…spam-a-lot indeed!

nrhatch - June 8, 2012

Seems like the SPAM Virus has infected all WP Blogs. I’ll keep scrolling through the filter to make sure that it hasn’t snagged a Blog Buddy. Closing comments on the most “popular” posts (to Spammers) has helped a bunch!

10. Maggie - June 8, 2012

I’ve been getting a ton of spam lately, too. Much more than usual. It’s scary how legitimate some of them sound.

nrhatch - June 8, 2012

Sometimes they almost sound HUMAN. 😉

11. viviankirkfield - June 9, 2012

Nancy…I’m so glad you posted about this because lately the same thing has been happening to my posts. 🙂 When there were only a couple, I scrolled down carefully, deleting them one by one to make sure the were all legit…or illegit, I guess I should say. 🙂
However, in the last week or so, my posts have several hundred…so I just press “bulk” “apply” “delete”…goodbye. 🙂
Oh, that was almost a poem. 🙂

nrhatch - June 9, 2012

When the SPAM filter is full to overflowing, that’s a good way of dealing with it. But since friends are occasional trapped in the awful offal, I usually scroll through the messages quickly to see if there is anyone I want to release before “flushing.”

viviankirkfield - June 9, 2012

Yes, Nancy…I know you are right. But there was no way for me to quickly scroll through 279 messages…especially since many of them are SOOOOO long. 🙂

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

I glance at the names . . . to release blogging buddies from the SPAM net. This morning, I found at least 7 “friendly faces” trapped by Akismet.

12. sufilight - June 9, 2012

I never thought of SPAM as being positive in terms of traffic numbers. 🙂 However, I assume one of the spammers in my account hacked into my book’s WP website, and changed my user name. I deleted the site and transferred everything to another WP site. The name he/she used is very unique, so I experimented and tried to login in the support forums with the unique user name. WP sent me an automated message that the user’s last login was two years ago. In other words the hacker was in the forums.

nrhatch - June 9, 2012

They. Are. Out. There. ~ we never know who’s watching and listening as we surf through in cyber-space. 😯

13. Jas - June 9, 2012

I think yes, they play with the viewer count and give us a false perception and I am fed up of deleting them all the time… the Spam folder is beaming.

nrhatch - June 9, 2012

I hear ya, Jas. I closed comments on 3-4 posts they’ve been gravitating towards . . . doing that helped whittle the numbers back to a manageable level.

14. Three Well Beings - June 9, 2012

I also never thought of the Spam as being in my viewer count! Gosh! I’m deflated. I thought more people were reading, now I have to deduct the spammers from the overall total. 🙂 I also forget to look, and noted tonight on someone else’s site that they were having trouble going directly to other people’s spam. So I guess I should check from time to time! When I do read them they are so wild in their subjects and claims! Spam-a-lot is so clever! Debra

nrhatch - June 9, 2012

I just checked my filter and Renee (Life in the Boomer Lane) was caught in the filter. I released her before flushing the rest.

And away goes SPAM down the drain!

15. William D'Andrea - June 9, 2012

I’ve been away from the internet for two days, and when I logged on 15 minutes ago, I found 152 spam messages. I didn’t read them. I deleted them. That’s what I always do. “Why do you think God gave us index fingers?”

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

IDK . . . monkeys have index fingers. But they use them for things more relevant than deleting SPAM. 😛

16. Perfecting Motherhood - June 9, 2012

I never look at my span comments, but maybe I should once in a while, to make sure nobody’s stuck in there that shouldn’t.
This article does a pretty good job at explaining how spammers can affect your blog stats. http://phantomxii.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/referrer-spam-in-your-wordpress-stats/

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Upon breaking my “internet fast” of 13 days duration, I found numerous blogging buddies had been captured in the SPAM filters. They have now been set free.

17. souldipper - June 10, 2012

It’s horrid. I’m receiving tons of spam suddenly, too. Looks like carbon copies of what you are receiving. Silly stuff…I still haven’t considered what’s in it for spammers. Are they paid by how many sites they hit?

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Probably so. Or how many sites “hit them.”

18. Crowing Crone Joss - June 10, 2012

spammers seem to be multiplying lately. A couple of blogs I visit have mentioned it. They have not yet discovered me, except very occasionally. shhhh, please don’t tell them I exist, okay?

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

“Mum’s” the word.

19. Karen - June 10, 2012

I’m glad you wrote this post…I thought this was just happening to me. I’m getting about 50 a day and as you say friends may be stuck in the spam file with the real culprits.

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

I released at least 7 blogging buddies this morning after 13 days away from the computer. So, I’ll keep checking the SPAM filters.

20. spilledinkguy - June 11, 2012

My spam has really increased over the past week or so, too.
Didn’t seem like my stats had, though…
(after reading your first reply all I can say is… UH-OH!)
🙂

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

The SPAM has decreased a bit since I posted this and closed comments on the posts that the SPAMMERS seemed intent on visiting. But there are still far too many blogging buddies being trapped in the SPAM filters.

21. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - June 11, 2012

So it’s not just me. I neglected the file for a few days and had more than 100!

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

They are “prolific” pests! 😉

22. Team Oyeniyi - June 12, 2012

I knew I wasn’t unique, but I have noticed a change from the “you are doing this all wrong” type spam to the new, improved “you are wonderful”.

Neither are particularly attractive and yes, as far as I have been able to determine they do add to page view stats. I’ve never been plagued with them much, I don’t think spammers find my niche very “profitable”!

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

I have rarely clicked on a SPAMMER’s url to see if they were “for real.” I have no idea why they visit SLTW so often.

23. cuhome - June 12, 2012

Haven’t checked for awhile, better go do it. I do find legitimate comments once in awhile… but the spammers are pretty easy to spot!

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

I agree. Every once in a LONG while, I’m not sure if they are “legit.” Most of the time, it’s blatantly obvious.

24. eof737 - June 14, 2012

I’m getting a ton a day… most are laughable… Thankfully!

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Yes.

25. William D'Andrea - June 14, 2012

When I’m away from the internet for only one day, I find more than 200 spam messages on my yahoo account. I immediately delete them all, before I do anything else. That I believe, is one of the reasons why God gave us index fingers.

nrhatch - June 22, 2012

Sorry you got stuck in the “filtration system” during my 13 day internet fast.


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