Posted by terrepruitt on September 25, 2014
I have asked on Twitter time and time again. I have received no reply. Perhaps people thought it was a rhetorical question. Perhaps no one else has experienced this. Perhaps they thought I was joking. Perhaps it was such a “No duh!” to them no one has bothered to answer. But my question is: Do people . . . owners of websites . . . pay other people, primarily those who do not speak English as their first language, to go onto other people’s blogs and leave comments? I get the weirdest comments. I get comments that have NOTHING to do with the post. I get comments where the person posting states their name is Samantha Garblygook, with an e-mail of firstname.lastname@example.org, and the web address will be for Youtube. Odd stuff like that. I have received comments FIVE paragraphs long about washing machines or some computer part. And the way they type the comments is obvious that they are typing them in a way so they can search for them. With every “the” spelled tthe, with every “are” spelled arre . . . stuff like that. I cannot imagine people just doing this on their own. I can’t imagine Samantha or Habeeb (whatever their real name might be) going onto the internet to leave a comment to promote an appliance repair site or a lawyer’s site just to be nice. Just because. So the site owners must be paying these people, right? They are having people go out and comment on a lot of blogs to try to get traffic back to their site, right?
Sometimes the comments make sense, but they have the mismatched name and e-mail, as I have mentioned. Or they have the purposefully misspelled words as I have also mentioned. But sometimes the comments are just gobblygook. They make no sense at all. They are just words strung together. Or there might be one sentence or a two or three word combination that MIGHT sort of make sense but not really. So odd. Actually the ones that make absolutely NO sense at all are becoming fewer and farther between. Now it is more of the comments that have NOTHING, NOT. A. THING. to do with the post they are commenting on or they have a huge number of words crafted with misspellings. I am getting a lot of these lately.
I probably get at least 10 a day. That is a lot. It makes me laugh because some of them sound like nice comments. They sound sweet, but “I reallly love tthe way you expose tthe information to mme on this terriffic site. It is clear tthe information meanns allot to you. Could you tell mme tthe best webblog to use? You will be famous withh your blogging.” is clearly spam. Ha! Yes. I love exposing information and I am famous. Sigh.
I used to get excited when I saw that little number that indicates I have a comment. Now I know it will just bbe a spaam comment. I used to wonder why they typed like that because it is clearly calculated then my hubby said it was so they can search for their specific comment. The type-os would be unique to them. Yeah, makes perfect sense. So, I think once or twice, the comment sounded nice, so I edited out the type-os and approved it. 🙂
The comments today are hilarious. Once goes from talking about hair to digestion and then back to hair. Two talk about streaming movies. One actually says, “Try to knife him to see that he’s not down and out just yet.” WHAT???????
So is that what is happening, are people PAYING other people to leave these types of comments? Do you have a blog? Do you experience these crazy comments on your blog?