But in recent months, my easy access comments area has been invaded by spammers. They're pushing rings, knock-off designer hand bags, Viagra, and all manner of dietary supplements.
I could go through each and every post on this blog, and weed out the ridiculous spam comments. But I’ve posted something like 7,000 posts, and going through them all would not only be tedious, it would be pointless. Only the dumbest of the dumb would fall for these ads, and that sort of person is unlikely to land in the comments section anyway.
What really strikes me as pointless, is the fact that somebody (or several somebodies) sits behind a computer, picks through the stories I’ve written, selects which ones to comment on, and then leaves such tragically lame spam posts. Now, I know there are spambots that do this, but spambots—to my knowledge—can’t get around the security feature I have recently implemented. So these are likely real people putting these posts up. If they’re getting paid per post, I suppose it doesn’t matter where they put them. But often, the posts they decided to comment on are ones where almost nobody would be interested in reading the comments in the first place.
So, if almost nobody is going to find these comments, and almost nobody would believe they were worthy click-through links, even less people would actually click them. The return rate on the time and effort spent has got to be in the mere fractions of a percent. Basically, all they are accomplishing on their mission. . .particularly on my blog, is to annoy me.