A month ago, my friend Effie from SI started asking me about some comments she has been getting on her blogs. She wondered if they were, in fact, spam comments or just ESL comments by folks who wanted to say howdy and thanks but didn’t have much to say.
They look almost human but here are a couple ways to discern: They don’t specifically address the content of your post or write anything that adds value to your post or any preceeding comments. Also, check out the link they drop. Here’s an example of what to look out for:
Most of the time, folks who comment on your site are a lot like you — if they drop an affilliate site link or a commerce site link into the Author info, then it is not a real human, probably either a new generation of auto content generation robotic script, written to sneak past Akismet (on WordPress blogs), or it is a very poorly-paid “meat bot” who is being paid close to nothing to churn through piles of blogs, filling out Captcha forms and dropping in these “hand-written” comments.
Let me know if you have any questions and please keep your eyes out. I will drop more in as I find them. Don’t be fooled! I will make a point of adding as many as I come upon.Chris Abraham is a partner in Socialmedia.biz. Contact Chris via email, follow him on Twitter and Google Plus or leave a comment below.