October 10, 2007

Comment spam linking to archive.org

I just saw a good one — comment spam linking to archive.org. The spam, caught by Akismet, was so different that it caught my eye, so I took a look at the links.

Well, the pages at archive.org contained nothing but a huge pile of links; I didn’t even bother to scroll down to see the full extent of this nonsense. So, rather than attempt to post a pile of links in the comment itself, the spam comment simply linked to several pages at archive.org containing oodles of links to whatever. Obviously the site owner had simply created pages with those links, then got archive.org to spider the pages and include them in its database, and now is spam-blasting blogs with links to the archive.org pages containing a wondrous niagara of undoubtedly yucky links. And then foisted them off on the rest of us.

This, of course, isn’t as much work as creating a real website.

<sigh>

6 Comments to "Comment spam linking to archive.org"

  1. Carmelo Lisciotto says:

    The spammers are getting more and more creative, however I question the effectivness of the SPAM overall.

    Carmelo Lisciotto

  2. Diane Vigil says:

    I agree, Carmelo. I thought that was pretty odd, if … if it was clever at all. I’d say they’re getting desparate. :)

  3. Elma says:

    I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but good topic.

    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.

    Thanks for great info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  4. Diane Vigil says:

    As I mentioned, I analyzed a comment submitted here at developedtraffic.com.

    The comment contained links — to pages at archive.org. The question, to me, was why someone would want to link to a page archived at archive.org. Archive.org picks up website pages, and copies them to their server (as far as I can tell). So you can find earlier versions of websites there.

    A quick visit to the archive.org pages revealed that they were not your normal website pages (albeit copied to archive.org) — they were pages containing loads of links to other websites.

    Understanding that the major search engines generally give a greater boost to pages that are linked to (over those that are not) gave the “aha moment”.

  5. Woodrow says:

    I am really loving the theme/design of your
    weblog. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems?
    A couple of my blog visitors have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but
    looks great in Opera. Do you have any suggestions to help fix this
    problem?

  6. Diane Vigil says:

    Thanks for the compliments. It’s difficult to guess at what problems your website might have in IE — but I’d say that it’s quite possible to create a design that looks pretty much identical in all browsers.

    I typically design and test in Firefox (used to use Opera first), and then test/tweak for IE.

    What was the issue with your site design?

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