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And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth
Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2005 10/11/2005 09:11:00 PM

I get lots of e-mail spam and I mean a lot. For some reason much of it is in Russian. Maybe because of a post I made about the ease of translating e-mails in outlook. I don’t translate it by the way, in case you Russian spammers are listening. The rest is usually trying to sell pharmaceuticals, penis enlargements, or penny stocks. I blogged about using CloudMark (here and here) but the spam e-mail continues to roll in. I also receive many spam posts on my websites’ forums. Most of those are links in Chinese and get promptly deleted. There ar a few more subtle spam posts by some folks pretending (poorly) to have a conversation regarding certification tests. Those I tolerate because I want to see where they’re going. I’m also starting to have to deal with a new form of spam… blog comment spam. Most of theses I delete unless I can find some why to post a humorous comment back.

So what is the deal? Why all this spam? Well unfortunately the answer is pretty easy. Sending spam (or posting spam) is cheap and it works. That is the thing that annoys me most. Why the hell does it work? Who are the idiots that are buying these “Medhictions” that promise to “IMMEDIATE SIZEGAIN ON UR SMALL SIZE @1%# seize”? Would you ever buy anything from a store that advertised satisfaction guaranteed “or your monneyy back without question ask!”… No! So why in the hell are people buying this crap? The solution is as simple as the cause just don’t by from spammers! But unfortunately some people are just too stupid. Maybe we should require a license to gain internet access?

How about the penny stocks... well you might think that the spammers want you to buy them so they can experience a quick price surge and then sell. You might be tempted to try and ride the wave. The truth is these stocks don’t increase much and the drop pretty rapidly. If you need proof read Spam Stock Tracker. This guy tracked several spammed stocks to determine how much he would lose if he had purchased shares in each. At last check he would have lost 7,550.40 of a 17,405.00 investment. Again the answer is just don’t do it!

Ok, now what about my forum and comment spam. We’ll I’m not going to buy anything from these people. What about you my loyal randomly-acquired-and-most-likely-lost reader? Well, if I do my job well you will never see the comment spam. Hopefully the spammers will get the hint and stop spamming my sites (a man can hope can’t he?). But I’ll take it one step further… I’m going to post the names of the sites that are spamming me and encourage you to NEVER buy from these people. I know some will think that I’m giving them extra advertising. This may be true, but in a way I think it is therapeutic for me. Think of it as my public hate list.



  • My weirdest spam is those newsletters that give me all that alleged tech news; I don't even know where they make $ from that, so they do a good job of appearing legit.

    By Blogger Omni, at 10/12/2005 12:05:00 AM  

  • Most people do clearly do not know what Spam is...

    If you do not want people to use robots to post messages on your blog, then you can stop them quite easily. All you have to do is activate the verrification key and it will stop.

    Blog spamming does not exist it is just a phrase that has been coined by idiots.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/16/2005 03:28:00 PM  

  • Hi there! I am one of the owners of Desired-Info.com. I'm sorry that we ended up on your list of Spammers...we really aren't spammers at all and I pride myself for not being involved in that. We used a Blog post software once, and decided that it wasn't what it said it was. If this got us added to your Spam list, my apologies, but people do make an occassional mistake. That's why we they say stuff like "human error".

    I can promise you, though, that no one from our domain has sent you any bad emails.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/16/2005 06:05:00 PM  

  • Well, I'd have to disagree with you Anonymous. According to this (http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2003/secureweb/glossary.asp) definition spam is "electronic junk mail or junk newsgroup postings". If spam includes junk newsgroup postings then it can certainly include junk blog postings. Spam doesn't need to be automatic to me spam. These people are posting messages like the following:

    Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!
    I have a free to join internet marketing affiliate program income portal. It pretty much covers internet marketing affiliate program related stuff.
    Come and check it out if you get time :-)

    I think most people would agree that that is spam. The formula is always the same. One line that complements the blog and then another referring to a website that is completely irrelevant. Call it what you like.. I call it junk and it will be deleted.

    By Blogger harshblogger, at 10/16/2005 08:21:00 PM  

  • Mari,

    If it is true that you used "Blog post software once" then you need to make sure you shut it off already. A spam post was posted on Oct. 7 with a link to Desired-Info.com. Someboby is trying to drive traffic to your site. If it is not your comapny they who?

    By Blogger harshblogger, at 10/16/2005 08:28:00 PM  

  • You tell 'em Jayson!! Woo woo woo!!

    By Blogger Omni, at 10/16/2005 10:55:00 PM  

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