Just moments ago, I received a comment on my previous post. Wanting to upkeep my “SOB-ness” and hoping to make another friend from this blog, I hurried to see what the comment was about.
I was elated because it was from someone whom I’ve never seen commenting on my blog before. I thought my article was so good. I had a little suspicion, however, because the comment really didn’t add much value to the post – it was simply quoting two lines from my post text, and saying that that line was the secret.
So I checked out the commenter’s URL (which was a blogspot blog) and it was half-legit. It wasn’t really a totally rubbish site, but it was ill-designed and splattered with Adsense all over.
Never mind. I thought to myself. Maybe he’s new, or something like that. I thought I would allow the comment.
To my surprise, another comment came in 10 minutes later. It was from another new commenter, and she said that she had Dugg my post, and she even gave me the URL of the entry posted in Digg. But again, there was practically no value in the comment at all.
2 comments in 10 minutes? That’s not right! My blog doesn’t have that kind of popularity!
So I investigated further, I went to check my email notifications.
Both had the same IP address. Their URLs were different (the second was a Squidoo lens) but the contents are very similar, both talking something about some contemporary Indian art gallery.
If you were really legit commenters, I thank you for taking the effort to Digg my article. Please add more value in your comments next time. I look forward to you coming back “for future analysis and tips”.
I know that two computers can share the same public IP address if they are on the same internal network, but then again, 2 comments coming from the same IP address claiming to come from different people in 10 minutes? Not me. My blog is not so popular yet.
I can imagine what it is like. It is either ONE person trying to be Superman and Clark Kent, or there are two (or many more) people in one room, both paid to leave such useless comments.
I remember Lorelle had articles about the new comment spammers and human versus human in spamming. Particularly, in the earlier post, she mentioned the “new version” of spam (then) sounding better, and she even recommended that one way of avoiding the spam police is to use the blog author’s name in the comment, and posting comments that at least relate to the article.
That’s version 2.0.
Now spam has upgraded to version 3.0. These spammers use the blog authors names, quote part of the post text, and even pull the poor innocent Digg into the game.
I’m not playing.