How to know a blog comment is actually a spam?

A surprise

Zome off is a new and little popular blog that is even not showing on any search result by any keywords (except the word ‘zomeoff’ which nobody would be interested to look for it) in any search engine. So it’s really a big surprise that many people are trying to leave comment on my blog, not once but several times. (But up to now you still don’t see any comments on the blog, huh?)

The latest comment is this:

trying to find you on facebook, wats ur profile

— frostwire

I almost reply, but…

Thanks to WordPress that I can approve all the comments before it’s gone published. As this is a so personal request, I wouldn’t give out my facebook profile before knowing who “frostwire” actually is. There is quite complete contact information (website, email) provided by “frostwire”. So I start with checking the website. It’s about a P2P software and gives not much clue about the person “frostwire”. Then I look into the email address which is an AOL email address. Then I check the IP of the comment (using IP 2 location services such as hostip.info). It shows that the IP is from “Richardson, TX, UNITED STATES”. Still, not much clue is found. Finally I try to google with the whole comment, that is, search the whole sentence “trying to find you on facebook, wats ur profile” in google. Surprisingly there are more than 2000 results, most out of them are WordPress blogs. At this step I realize that I’m fooled.

Why?

So why does “forstwire” leave such a comment on the blog? Actually the comment contains no selling messages so leaving such comment actually gives no help to anyone. However, I think of 2 reasons that, no matter the comment gets published or not, the “forstwire” still win.

  1. Increasing the traffic of the website:“forstwire” provides a website URL when submitting the comment, so bloggers like me who wonder the background of the commenter will definitely visit the submitted website. So even before we ban the comment, we have been cheated to pay a visit to that website.
  2. Collecting personal infomation:Since the message itself is quite personal, and “forstwire” provides an email address. Blogger may reply to the email instead of responding publicly on the blog (Unfortunately there are some bloggers who do give out their personal information as a reply to this message on their blogs.) . I noticed that the “trying to find you on facebook, wats ur profile” message appears mostly on WordPress-empowered blogs, so I suspect that actually “forstwire” actually is using some kind of robot software (targeted on WordPress) to make the comment in large batch scale. If this is true, then there is no challenge for “forstwire” to collect the blogger’s response and extract personal information, such as email address from it. No matter how the blogger replies (by private email or public reply), “forstwire” have your information anyway.

Conclusion: Bloggers must be aware of spammers!

This is so far my first time come across spammers who is targetting on bloggers instead of the blog readers. So blogger must be aware of it. When a blogger has doubt about a comment, GOOGLE it with the whole message. Generally spammers do spamming in ways that are automatic and in large scale, so if the message is a spam, you will see a lot of victims in the google result. Do not visit any website before you can trust the commenter.