Don’t like spam? Check these comments out and think again. 64

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I know this is weird, but I love spam comments on my blog.  Every couple of days, I go through my spam filter on my website to make sure that a real comment hasn’t been caught up in there, which has happened on about a half dozen or so times in the last few months.

Reading some of the spam comments, especially the absurd ones, has become somewhat of a recent obsession.

For those of you reading that aren’t bloggers or tech people, the reason that spam comments exist in the first place it to try to drive traffic to their websites.  I am no expert at all in the ways of tech, but apparently they hope that if their comments get through your spam filter (I use Akismet, which has been great for me), then they will get some  impact on search engines from having placed their links and keywords on your website.

I get about 100-150 spam comments in my folder every day.  These are some of my recent favorites.

Sorry that these might not be that easy to read, but did the best I could with my screen capture program and some basic editing.  You can click on each one to get a better, larger view, which should make them easier to read and I have linked the posts they were trying to spam comment on underneath each post.

comment spam on my RTW overland blog
People watching in Tobago.

comment spam on my RTW overland blog
World Cup Qatar Drinking Guide.

comment spam on my RTW overland blog
Photo of chalk art in Florence, Italy.

comment spam on my RTW overland blog
Expats in Nicaragua.

comment spam on my RTW overland blog
Hostel and Dorm Rules.

comment spam on my RTW overland blog
Interview with Canvas of Light.

comment spam on my RTW overland blog
Mayans, Coca-Cola, Chickens and more.

comment spam on my RTW overland blog
Dolphin Cruise in New Zealand.

comment spam on my RTW overland blog
My backpack and pack list for my RTW trip.

comment spam on my RTW overland blog

comment spam on my RTW overland blog
Interview with Joel Ward of Freedonia Post.

comment spam on my RTW overland blog

comment spam on my RTW overland blog

Romancing the Stone movie review post.

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About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

64 thoughts on “Don’t like spam? Check these comments out and think again.

  • Lisa E @chickybus

    Great job on this…it really cracked me up! I hope that Joel isn’t a young driver (or a dentist who’s flying high) who’s drinking in Qatar. If so, someone may need to “send a funeral.” Thanks for the laughs… 🙂

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      if Joel were a dentist, there would be alcohol involved…. perhaps just for the patients.

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite

    I have been receiving many similar comments recently and have been sharing them on twitter with some others who are in the same boat. Hours of entertainment!

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      do up a full post of them! Would love to see more folks put these up. They make me laugh every day.

  • Michael @ KTT

    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

    You’ve got to be kidding me. I’ve been further even more deided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be fareven as decided half as to use go wish for that? My guess is that when one really been far even as decided once to use even go want, It is then that he has really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like. I’ts just common sense.

    *This isn’t spam, i’m just playing along!
    **I suppose it is spam in as much as it is a completely useless response!

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      LOL — it would have been sooooo great if this had gotten caught by the spam filter and I’d have had to rescue it. Well done.

  • Bryan Haines

    Comment spam is the best part of my day! Okay, maybe not the best part, but it really is great. Got to love the comments that start with: KEYWORD . . .

    Some of them are almost creative enough to publish . . . I wonder who first sat down and said: “Why don’t I start spamming – I’ll bet people will love it enough to want to visit my site and buy stuff from me?”

  • Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World

    Those are hilarious! I haven’t checked my spam folder in awhile – but there are usually a few gems here and there. I think the last favorite of mine was complaining (or thanking, I can’t remember) that I’m ‘spoon feeding him very often a lot of good stuff’ <— yup, that's what I do.

  • Annie

    I haven’t received any quite as funny as these just yet! I guess I need to get out into the spammer world a bit more!

    The excitement of my spam folder is when I get comments from Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian. I mean at least I know someone is reading right? Even if they only comment gibberish 😉

  • Leigh

    I’m sure you get lots of weird Russian spam too. I can’t even read the letters so wonder what they are really saying.
    A fun post that made me smile.

  • Angela

    LOOOOL! This is hilarious, I usually scroll them very quickly and mark them as spam, I can’t believe what I’ve been missing out! I receive the “your-blog-is-a-little-boring-but-I keep-reading-it” one and the first thing I thought was: Hey, you want me to publish your spam and you insult?? Great strategy!
    I’ve never received the one suggesting they’d become alcoholic after reading me though 😉

    Perhaps some of the most hilarious are the ones saying “Your blog is the best writing I have EVER read in my whole life!” What the hell 😛

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      I love the insulting spam comments — seriously, why would they try that as the method to get through??!!

  • Natalie

    The spammers seem to be really out in force lately but my spammers are not as exciting as yours. I think my readers are though. I was checking my stats for 2010, and I actually found the funniest search terms that were used to find my blog on goggle. Was thinking of putting it all in a post.

  • Erica

    I have to admit. You got a small cackle out of me with the Canvas of Light spam. I love reading through them.

  • Kirsty

    Poor Daniel! Insulting spam comments are just weird! We usually tweet weird spam or google traffic we get
    The best from google – “magic cream to make sex last longer” i’m sure they were disappointed to come through to our site!

  • Chris - The Aussie Nomad

    I just cleaned out a couple of thousand spam comments the other day and damn are they funny. Even better you will see they have tried a couple of times on the same post and slightly varied the wording.

  • Christy @ Ordinary Traveler

    I wish I got comments like this! Now I feel left out. 🙁 Thanks for making me laugh though!

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      Hmmmm…. we can correct that oversight. Let me see what I can start leaving on ya’lls site….. 😉

  • Margo

    What is the point of this? Oooh, you’re such an inspiration!! I can’t believe I’ve been totally ignoring what could have proven to be of such high entertainment value for all this time!

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      I am oddly getting entertainment value out of almost everything right now. I think it is just all the stuff that I do to procrastinate from writing the book. LOL.

  • @TravelBlggr

    I was trying to think of a clever quip that I could write in your comments as spam … but I don’t think I’ve had enough coffee yet this morning.

    Spam comments do crack me up. There could be a whole blog/table book about the funny things posted.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      Ahhhh, a table book, heh. Methinks you might have an interesting concept there.

  • Laura

    This is hilarious! I rarely go through my Spam comments but you’ve inspired me to start! Sadly, I recognize one of those comments from my own.

  • Amanda

    Hahaha! This is great! I’ve gotten one or two entertaining spam comments here and there, but none quite as great as these! I’m going to have to start saving some of my better ones, I think…

  • Tristan

    Ok, this is one of the best posts I’ve read in a while. This is freaking awesome! I should start looking at my spam folder more often…

    Stumbled, Dugg, and Retweeted!

  • Brankica

    I am so glad I am not using Akismet any more 😉 I switched to GASP and now all I have to deal is normal comments….ooooops….nope, it gets worse.
    I don’t have bots posting anymore, now I get stupid comments from annoying spammers and they are REAL BLOGGERS, wow, how cool is that.

    I would love to point you to some of those comments but I sat down today, thought all this thoroughly and guess what – deleted each and every comment certain people posted on my blog.

    I am a beginner but my blog is my blog and no spammer is gonna annoy the great commentators I have.

    Loved the post by the way…I wish I had a copy of all the stupidities I received before installing a different plugin.

  • Bethany

    Hahaha. These are hysterical! I’m gonna have to read mine now. Lately I’ve been into reading my keywords and ever since I wrote about being peeped on in an Icelandic shower,lemme tell ya- they’ve been interesting!

  • Jessi

    Some of those are actually pretty funny! I get alot of spam comments on my site. Nobody’s ever told me they need a beer because I’m boring. LMAO!

  • Cam

    LOL – this is great! We’ve had a few gooders also. “Young Driver” and “Drinking Quide to Qatar” – priceless

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      comparing “who” posted on some of the posts they choose was particularly funny. Round 2 of this endeavor in a few weeks.

  • Theodora

    I find a certain Joycean, even Burroughs-cut-up surrealism to the best ones in mine. There’s an utter randomness to them that makes me quite appealing. Then, of course, I get a lot of long porny ones that make me a little bit sick in my mouth.

  • Alouise

    These are hilarious. I always love how spammer comments never make sense. Although now I am curious about the negative economic effects of Romancing The Stone, I should rewatch it… maybe there’s some hidden message. Honestly I kinda wish my spammers were this funny. All my last spam message said was viagara… Don’t know how that’s related to travel, but they try… whoever they are.

  • LeslieTravel

    OMG this is too funny! I get crazy spam too, although not as much. (Must be because I just launched my Downtown Traveler blog a few months ago). I can’t get over how obviously spammy the comments are– most don’t even make sense and come from users with names like “shgjgdjgme”. So ridiculous!

  • Erin

    hahaha I thought I was the only one spending time on my spam comments for a good laugh. I need a beer… hilarious!

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      there are such better ways to stop all the spam I get… but I kinda half like getting them! LOL.

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