Recently we of Republic of Lagrangia saw a sharp increase in the amount spam comments submitted to our blog. Fortunately Akismet saved us from those comments to be entered on our site.
An interesting question is, of course, why do people spam us and other blogs with spam comments? Links. How search engines rank web pages is precisely known, but number of links to a certain page is a factor in this process. Basically the more sites are pointing to yours, the higher your page will end up in search engine results. The idea of spam in blogs is to increase the number of links to the sites of spammers, and this practise is known as search engine optimisation or SEO.
But how do spammers get to our site? Through the use of Google, we found a page which stated that ours is good for SEO purposes. Thus there exist sites which “recommend” sites to spammers. However we want to make a clear statement to those spammers who get fooled by such sites: Our blog is not suitable for your SEO purposes. We don’t approve spam comments, and Akismet almost never fails, and every first comment has to be approved before it ever enters on our blog.
Of course we know that spammers do not read our posts and pages, given that they even try to spam on our page on our comment policy. But don’t forget that spammers are absolute evil. They cost society billions of dollars, because they waste memory and slow down the Internet. Also they try to manipulate search engines so their useless spam blogs and up above real content.
But of course, we will continue despite all attempts by spammers to disturb our site. And will not allow that this site will ever become a spammer’s paradise.