Anyone else notice that there seems to be a new trend in blog spamming these days? I’ve gotten several comments lately that were obviously spammed as the reply consisted of something like, “That’s an interesting article. I’m sure I’ve read something similar on another site. I’ll look it up and get back to you.” That would be a passable comment except that it shows up on three or four different entries that are totally unrelated.
In the past the link always pointed to some commercial website, but now the links point to what appear to be actual blogs. If you edit the URL down to the base domain (these blogs are almost always in subdirectories) you end up at a commercial website. Often the entries on the blog are just this side of coherent so it seems like these people are setting up fake blogs so folks won’t blacklist the URLs they’re leaving behind. Though it’s hard to say whether this is actually an attempt to sneak in comment spam or if it’s just someone using comment spam to hype a real blog hosted at a commercial website.
Either way I’ve been blacklisting them as they appear for the simple reason that they’re not really contributing to the discussions they’re spamming. I’m not submitting the URLs to the MT-Blacklist Clearing House, though, on the off-chance that these are legit blogs. Has anyone else noticed this lately? How are you handling it?