Social Engineering in Comment Spam

I went over to pascal vanhecke’s weblog to read Social Engineering in Comment Spam:

“I Googled for something completely different, but found your page… and have to say thanks. nice read.”

Wouldn’t you immediately hit the “approve” button?

Looks like pretty good Spamouflage to me.

He even included some social engineering in the footnote of his post:

Seo BlackHat is an interesting (and entertaining!) resource on all kinds of web spam – he hasn’t written on this yet, so maybe it was his? 🙂

It wasn’t mine – but I like the way they were thinking. That’s probably one of the better mass comments I’ve seen. I may have seen better: but if it were really that good, we wouldn’t even recognize it being comment spam. Right?

Comment spam has a couple of penalty pitfalls associated with it: the unvaried anchor text can trigger a spam flag in the engines. But when part of a healthy diet of other spamming and link dumping can help a bit in the SERPs – especially when used in moderation.

Here’s the challenge: Pick a Niche – (technorati tags work well) then create the comment spam most likely to get approved by a blog in that niche. For off topic comment spam, you have to tell me the Niche / technorati tag of blogs to be spammed.

If it doesn’t suck, I’ll approve it.

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4 Responses to “Social Engineering in Comment Spam”

  1. Jan says:

    It _is_ possible to make commentspam absolutely unrecognizable – but it’s a lot of work and doesn’t work as good as untargeted massspam – for now. I’m sure this will change in the future, but until then we’ll continue to see the normal and untargeted spam.

  2. Patrick says:

    What about the nofollow tag? I thought that made comment spam useless anyway?

  3. Sean says:

    First, I’ve been seeing this type of comment Spam for over a year now. Second, nofollow makes comment Spam useless but not all sites have nofollow enabled. Third, there is no third…

  4. Canada says:

    Is their a program out their that will post comments to targeted websites, it seems very tedious to comment spam by hand.