How do I know when a message is spam?

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  • #348135

    I’ve just received a comment on my About page: “I love your site. Keep it up !” (http://thecrocheteer.wordpress.com/about/) but it’s from a website (http://givemeknol.com/index.php) which just looks like a list of books! Strange site, not a blog or anything, no info, and it doesn’t look like its on wordpress either.

    Was it a spam message?! It appeared in my spam folder but I’ve received genuine messages in there before too. Obviously i’m flattered and I dont want to delete it, LOL, but I don’t want to keep it either if it was just something that was automatically generated! How can I find out?

    The blog I need help with is thecrocheteer.wordpress.com.

    #348367

    tellyworth
    Staff

    Yes it’s spam.

    Short messages such as generic flattery, “thanks”, “nice post/blog”, “subscribed in RSS reader”, “where can I download your theme”, are almost always spam.

    They might seem gratifying, but bear in mind that the same guy (or script) just posted exactly the same thing on 5,000 other blogs.

    Akismet will almost always catch these and put them in your spam folder. If that’s the case you needn’t do anything. If you notice one that Akismet missed, click the Spam button.

    A suggested rule of thumb regarding messages in your spam folder: unless you know the author personally, it is almost certainly spam.

    #348394

    I got an identical message, just so you know.

    #348407

    Curses, I got that same message and was sure it wasn’t spam … guess not.

    #348408

    jackielk
    Member

    I was so excited about someone likeing my posts. How do we stop this same person coming on all the time.What is the point of this kind of spam?

    #348409

    The “point” of such spam is to spray the internet with links to the spammer’s website. I think it’s called linkspam. The idea is that Google will be impressed by all those links and rank the spammer’s site highly. I suspect that such tricks are rarely successful in fooling Google.

    The key to spotting comments as spam is if they (or the commenter’s name) contain links. If so, and if you don’t know the commenter, and if the comment is something vague that could fit in any blog anywhere, then it’s spam.

    #348411

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    If the person has a legitimate unspammy website, I will usually let one such comment through (if it hasn’t gone to the spam folder) and then put them on the moderated list. If they come back and post the same type of comment again, onto the blacklist they go.

    http://support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/

    #348452

    davideowen
    Member

    when I get spam it’s usually some type of advertisement and it goes into the spam filter. this has been my general experience.

    #348518

    sventje
    Member

    yup, got one too from that knol guy

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