Human spammer | How to lose reputation as a blogger and get banned the easy way

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This post feels a bit unusual to me since I am not a person that get’s on people’s bad sides. I am considered pretty friendly in my environment and I try to be the same in blogosphere. But we all have our opinions and feelings and why not be open about it.

This post is showing, on a very simple example, how to annoy a fellow blogger and get banned from a blog. The easy way.

We all receive spam comments and fight them with different plugins. I stopped using Akismet and installed Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin that does a great job of fighting those bots. But there is a worse thing than a bot – a human spammer.

This post is about Mr. Praveen from techperk.com (no, I am not even gonna link to his blog).

Since I’ve started this blog I received three comments from him. Unfortunately, I didn’t think I would be writing this post so I deleted one way back (it was the second one).

The first comment said: “Very good collections listed out here, i love the 2nd and 4th actually. good job.. go ahead Retweeted” and it was on one of my list posts.

I checked out his blog (at this moment Alexa 37.500, Google PR 2), approved the comment and wanted to check out his Twitter.

Now, as a new blogger, I love checking out how numbers grow on my posts, you know, how many times was the post retweeted, if anyone digged it, etc.

So I am on his Twitter and I see he did not RT the post. I have no problem with people not RTing my posts, but why would he write he did!?

And here is the most interesting thing. I Googled his comment (thanks for the suggestion @mrBenWan) and here is what I came up with:

Human spammer

This is all I could catch with the Print Screen option on my computer. There are some of my favorite blogs in the search results as well, like hectorjcuevas.com and his post 4 awesome online brands and bloggingbookshelf.com with his How to create the perfect blog footer.

There are exactly 24 same comments in Google results!!!

The second comment (the one I deleted) was along the same lines, again saying he retweeted my post. So I checked it and guess what, he didn’t! I started to realize what is going on so I deleted the comment. Sorry, spammer.

And 2 days ago, here he comes again, and posts his third comment: “Hey, nice and a very good piece of share. I like the way this has been crafted. Keep up the great work. promoted the post.. Thanks“.

Promoted the post! Rings a bell, doesn’t it! No, he did not promote it. As I said, no problem, you don’t have to and I will still love you. But don’t say you did.

So I Google him again. He posted the same comment on 12 blogs:

Spam blog comments

Just a part of the search results

Some of you that comment here will find your blogs on the list.

What did I do about this human spammer?

I removed his Comment Luv links and I will not be approving his comments any more.

There is a commenting policy on my blog and it is there for a reason.

You know, you can see some short comments on my blog. I don’t mind them when they are coming from regular readers. I understand that you don’t have the time to spend hours on my blog commenting. And I am OK with that.

I am even OK if from time to time, you are commenting just for a link. I understand it.

But this is  my blog! Don’t come to my house and show no respect.

I was surprised at his blog’s numbers (Alexa and Google) but I guess everything is possible in this world. However, I was told that his blog might be an auto-blog.

So, I don’t want to keep you here any longer but I would love to hear your opinion on this.

  • Do you have his comments on your blog?
  • Is this something you don’t care about or does it annoy you?
  • Do you think his blog is real or it could be an auto-blog?


UPDATE:
I got a comment from Praveen.

I am copying it here. He was kind enough to include Comment Luv link to his comment and since for what ever reason the removal link is not there I am just pasting the text. No links from me, Praveen and thanks for the comment.

“Hi All

First of all thank you the blog owner for spending your time and writing a post on it.

I never have time to comment on any of your blogs as i am not a pro-blogger, i have a 2 member team to approve and write comments on other blogs. I have received same kind of complaints from few others too but never took it seriously. This time i got an e-mail from this blog owner so that is the reason why came here to comment.

I never know the 2 guys are using same kind of comments to fill all your blogs. I will ensure that this will never ever happen in any of the blogs found in the blogosphere.

Sorry for the inconvenience caused

Thanks”

And here is what I have to say:

First of all, Praveen, I do have a name. It is written all over the post. And my name is not “blog owner”.

If you don’t have the time to comment, why do you? Why do you have 2 people getting links for you and signing your name? How are we supposed to create a connection with you when you actually never read any of our posts and never comment on any of them?

If you have received complaints before don’t you think it is utterly unprofessional that you never took time to see what is going on? Does this mean that you don’t care what people have to say?

You say you got an e-mail from this blog owner and came here to comment. I understand that English is not your native language, it isn’t mine either, so I don’t really understand. I didn’t send you any e-mails. Does this mean that you call everyone that has a blog “blog owner”?

I can not believe that you would run a business and not know what your friends/employees do! Again, very unprofessional.

I guess it is not your fault!?!?

I am not completely convinced you are sorry so I will stick with my opinion of not approving your comments any more. I guess you have so many links already that you don’t need mine.

And since you are not reading the posts and making comments, I see no need to see your links all over my blog.

Thank you one more time for responding to my post, I would have thought that you would present your case a bit better. I am sure people will find it in their hearts to re-approve all of your comments, now that they know you don’t read our blogs because you are too busy!

Brankica, the blog owner



SECOND UPDATE:

After this I got an e-mail. He wants me to do a screenshot and post it here. One note to you, you can’t tell me what to do on my blog!!!

And then another comment:

Hi Miss. Brankica

lol, thanks a lot for posting my comment here, i got this link from [link removed so bots don't pick it up] so i am not sure it is you or someone.

I do not have 4 hands to do all these, and i am not fully into blogging like others or you. I have some other work, i love blogging so i will spend time whenever i get and post comments personally in big sites. definitely not on your site, you will understand why i use those 2 when you grow in blogging but stop doing all these to grow. I definitely read all the useful blog posts in very good sites and leave my comments, so you need not teach me. lol

I can truly understand that your a newbie so very much excited about and tries to find something to write. I have not posted this with my link becuase i do not want your precious links :)

I will make sure that this type of commenting will not happen again in any of the other blogs. I will also ensure that myself or any of my workers to post GENUINE comments on your blog, becuase i do not want you to waste your link :)

If you say you are a good blogger then update the post with the screen of the mail i sent through your comment form. Please dont speak about Business ethics without doing this, and also you must have intimated me about this as someone has said in your comments. This is definitely not a professional way for an ENGLISH BLOGGER :)

I will definitely post about this and call you as a spammer who is trying to make money and people by blogging about others. Since you have called me so, do you know that? How many days you are into this? First learn how to call people and then do blogging.

PLEASE TRY TO REPLY TO PEOPLE IN A GOOD WAY TO GET A GOOD REPLY

Thanks

I guess it was the time for him to start insulting :)

You can comment as much as you want, you are not helping yourself.

If this is a small blog why did you bother in the first place? If this is a small blog, why are you sending these comments, you should not care!

You will NOT post GENUINE comments on my blog, as you say, because my small blog doesn’t need your comments.

Feel free to post this thing you are “threatening” me with: “I will definitely post about this and call you as a spammer who is trying to make money and people by blogging about others.” Just before you do, make sure you have your case right.

Bottom line, this is the last thing you sent and I published on my blog. I just needed to show people what you have sent me. This second comment of yours was so much “more professional”!

Have a great 2011. Praveen and it was great having you here! I have never received as many comments, you are the best :)


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  1. You have raised some good points here Brankica! The trouble is the people that are spamming don’t read our articles, they just waste our time having to delete their lousy comments. As I have 3 blogs I catch some of the same spammies by having them comment on two of them. Keep your chin up and know that the majority of people enjoy and learn from your posts. There will always be the ones we’d rather not hear from, but don’t spend your energy on them.

    • Brankica says:

      Thanks Wendy :)

      I knew this kind of people builds links this way and I gave it 5 minutes too much thought, lol.

      But I had to post this and show people how an innocent looking comment can actually be something that none of us like.

      This only shows me that I am doing the right thing when it comes to commenting (at least I hope).

      • Great hit to such spammer.If it happens to me I then directly promote him as a spammer.Anyway this hit will teach him lot,I can understand a man who has no time to read others and comment on others why came back here repeatedly after being caught.

        • Thanks for correction,actually I was aware of your comment policy that I can’t put my blog name int the name field.Anyway sorry for that.

  2. Hi Brankica

    Thanks for this information and thankyou to Ben who can sniff these things out and warn us. I have visited his site and had him comment on my site too!

    I always make allowances for those whose second language is English. And try to support those blogs too. Very disappointed but glad that you have exposed this spam. Will now remove from my site too.

    Thanks Brankica. It would be so much better if people used their techniques to do some real work and make money honestly on the net!

    Patricia Perth Australia

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Patricia, so you had him visit too… First time I saw his blog I thought everything is legitimate so I commented too since I try to do that when someone comments on mine.

      I also have a lot of understanding for people who aren’t so great in English (my English is not perfect either) but this was too much.

      I even plan to Google all similar comments I get from now on adn just not approve them.

      I love every each of you that take the time to comment on my blog and I will not allow spammers like those to create a bad link environment for your links or my blog.

  3. Hello Brankica,

    I find your article interesting and refreshing. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

    There was a time when my four blogs were high-jacked by bots and spammers on an hourly basis. They came from the four corners of this earth. I installed the SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam plugin, and since then, I rarely get any spam or junk.

    There will always be spammers. We need to learn to adapt. ;-)

    Have a great day!

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Cendrine, welcome to my blog.
      Plugins are great way to fight spam but I don’t like CAPTCHA for two reasons: one is the fact that I can’t read some of them and second is that one of the CAPTCHA plugins would not work with my theme, so I gave up.
      You should give G.A.S.P. a try, it is a great free plugin that will fight off all the bots (there is a link to it at the top of this post).

  4. Good on you Brankica! Yes, you probably spent too much energy on this comment spammer, but I’m sure it was good to vent too.

    Approving generic comments that are are *just* specific enough to pass muster can sometimes be pretty difficult. If he’d done it just once or at least retweeted like he said he would, it would have probably slid by unnoticed, but he pushed his luck and now he’s busted.

    • Brankica says:

      I guess it is a good thing I didn’t get so many comments so I could notice him. I bet that bloggers that have more comments would not pay that much attention because they are just so much more busy than me :)

      And one more reason I noticed is that he would always say he shared the post, but I never got any Twitter mentions from him. I use TweetDeck so I easily notice anything going on on Twitter.

      Thanks for commenting

  5. I’m still basically a nobody so I haven’t been beaned by this guy yet. But I get every other spam offer coming down the pike. I now have to validate every link before I retweet it, just to keep from spreading the spam.

    I do think they are bots, or groups. They definitely follow a pattern. ‘So-and-so is now following you’, it’s only location is a state and the state initials, and has a picture of a little old lady or a puppy. Who could say no to a little old lady, right?

    I agree, very aggravating! The only thing I can say works for me is to simply block them before I follow them. Twitter seems to take notice of that. Then the account seems to show up as suspended.

    But I just don’t see a way to wipe it all out. Thanks for bringing it up! I look forward to everyones ideas and comments.

    • Brankica says:

      Most of them (and I believe you are right about them being a group) are into social media just for the numbers.
      After getting mass followers from time to time and wondering what is going on, I started checking out everyone before I follow back.

      I forgot to mention one more interesting case I had on this blog: I got two comments on two different posts from two “different” people.
      The comments were written by a person that changed the name and not the surname, two different e-mails and linking to the same (very low quality) blog. One link was to home page and the other one was a deep link to one of the pages.

  6. Hi Brankica,

    It’s frustrating whenever we encounter dishonesty at any level and it’s great that you exposed this poor person. I say poor, because, in the long run he’s just putting yet another nail in his coffin. Sometimes people like this do reach some level of success, however, we can protect ourselves and lay down the rules at least while they are visiting us “in our home”. Thanks for your blogs. Zelim ti sve najbolje:)
    PS
    I am including @WayneMansfield link where he talks about the dark side of how FB has it’s roots in serious spamming. The mind boggles waynemansfield.blogspot.com/2011/01/wow-facebook-is-worth-50-billion.html

    • Brankica says:

      Zdravo, Olivia, i hvala :)
      You are right about the coffin thing.
      I hope many people will read this post and he will lose a bunch of links just because he was trying to trick his way to the top.
      The world is too small to keep a secret and I am sure I am not the only one that saw through him.

      I guess I am the only one that would write a post about it, but it kinda got on my nerves that he spammed some really great blogs, like Hector’s, Tristan’s, Jimi’s, Alex Whalley’s…

  7. Girl! you are a sharp shooter….get ‘em!
    I too have gotten comments form this person whom I believe to be using commenting software. Anyway, I left a comment on one of his posts after he commented me…then he sent me a guest post invite! Don’t think so. I got a couple more comments from him which I deleted…but I am pretty sure I got that 2 out of 4 thing. Great article…I love the sassy.
    BTW, you did get my reply about that plugin for old posts?

    Lisa

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Lisa, thanks for stopping by, I am getting addicted to your posts :)

      Guest blogging on his blog is probably tempting when you check his Alexa and Google but I am still thinking of the possibility that it is an automated blog (not sure how it works so I would not get into it too much).

      I guess you can still work around to get to the top with different software :(

      I haven’t started using the plugin yet, I guess I don’t think I have too many posts but it is on my to-do list after a few months and at least 20 more posts :)

  8. Hi Brankica,

    I think you needed to vent about this one! Just like in life, however, there is just no accounting for some people. As you get more used to spam, you will notice a certain pattern and these comments fit the pattern.

    Just remember that every experience is a lesson. Keep up the great work. The Empowered Tribe is here to listen!

    Warm Regards,

    Mentor Mama

    • Brankica says:

      Thanks Nancy and it is nice to see you on my blog.

      I am pretty emotional so I guess that is how I reacted. I hate dishonest people.

      I am glad I don’t get any bots on my blog anymore but these people are worse than machines, lol

  9. Wow. You’re right! What a punk! I just checked my comments, and these 3 are all of the one’s I’ve gotten from him:

    “Very good collections listed out here, i love the 2nd and 4th actually. good job.. go ahead promoted the post.. Thanks”

    “There is no doubt that this is really a nice share, may be i will share this in one of my blogs with a link back. can i do it? I will recommend the blog to my friends. Thanks.”

    “I like the way this has been crafted. Keep up the great work.”

    Looking at my comments, I’ve gotten each one of those at least twice. That’s so lame… I just went through and deleted them all.

    Thanks Brankica and Ben!

    • Brankica says:

      Tristan, I am sure glad I could help.

      I guess this is why they say we need to be careful who we link to. But how can you know, when you look at his blog it looks OK.

      I guess I just had too much time on my hands and vented to the right person (Ben).

      He even asks if he can link to you? Lol, great comment. I had one like that from a completely different person in the first weeks of my blog.

      And to think that you took time to actually reply to each of his comments, that is what frustrated me even more.

  10. That’s really annoying.. thanks for bringing it to our attention Brankica.

    I’ll have to go back and check out my other posts to see if he spammed those too. I, like you, don’t like to get on people’s bad side, but some people deserve to be called out like this.

    Time to go delete some spam..

    thanks again
    Hector

    p.s my blog is one of your favorite.?? that’s so cool :0)

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Hector, thanks for commenting and I hope he didn’t spam more of your posts.

      If I had more of his comments maybe I would have found more of your posts, but I am sure that at least 90% of his comments are submitted to a bunch of blogs.

      When you think about it, it is so easy to do. He doesn’t need more than 10 different comments to copy and paste. He obviously posts the same comment on all the posts that have lists in them.

      But Tristan says he had same comments on more than one post, so I guess the guy didn’t keep up with what he did.

      P.S. Yes, your blog is one of my favorite ones :)
      And if I don’t comment much on it, it is just because I sometimes don’t have anything to add and don’t want to write “great post”. But I always read it.

  11. Hi Brankica!

    I just checked my comments (the name sounded familiar). I’ve had 2 comments from him. Both of which seem innocent enough, and a Google search didn’t show anything suspicious on them.

    I think I was just lucky.

    Thanks for letting us know about this, Brankica.

    Kind regards,
    Steve

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Steve, glad you didn’t get any of the comments most of us did.

      Thanks for commenting!

  12. Hi Brankica.

    You are so right about this. I have to rush off for an appointment but will return later to continue my comment. A big THANKS to you and @MrBenWan.

    • Brankica says:

      Ok, Jimi, see you later and check your comments, I am pretty sure I saw your blog on the Google search results.

    • A big Thank You, Jimi for letting me know via Twitter that my site was listed as #8 on the screen capture.
      And, thank you, Brankica for bringing this deplorable act into the open.

      I’ve removed the comments from my site and his ‘guest-post invite’ from my email. It seems to me that it would be smarter to come up with unique comments, rather than working so hard to leave the same one pasted everywhere. A person’s reputation is priceless, especially on the internet where your reputation is sometimes all you have. Very bad form.

      • Brankica says:

        I just guess he never though someone will notice. Maybe he thinks he is smarter than everyone :)
        Thanks for commenting!

  13. Hey Brankica,

    New to your blog.. my first time. And I love the honesty and professionalism you project.

    Human spammers are a definite problem for me. I don’t get a huge amount but I can pretty much recognize them on sight. In fact, I may have had the same “gentleman” visit and comment on MY blog!

    I’ve actually attempted to contact them and ask them to stop, but that hasn’t worked so far. I guess the only thing we, as honest bloggers can do is to delete.

    Thanks for the rant. WIsh I had thought of it! :-)

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Bob, welcome to my blog.

      I am just learning to recognize those but this case really helped me learn about human spammers.

      I am not surprised that you had no results with contacting them, if they wanted to communicate and be friendly fellow bloggers they would not post spam to start with.

      And about the rant…I am sure there are a bunch more of these rant waiting to be written, lol.

  14. Hi Brankica,

    Someone shared this post on Facebook and it really caught my eye, I followed the link due to the title and found the subject very interesting. I can honestly say that I am like you and many others here when you say that you want to be friendly with everybody, and I want to help anyone that I can.

    In saying that I find this happening on my blog every once in awhile and now really understand a bit more in what is going on. I do thank you for this post and going to go back and filter through my comments and see if I have any of these culprits and evict them.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Robert, thanks for joining us here.
      Glad you found this post because I am hoping a lot of people will read it and it would help them fight spammers.

      I am glad Mr. Ben knew how to research this more since I would probably just delete his comments without helping others.

  15. Hi Brankica,

    You’ve done us all a good service by exposing this type of spam commenting, and showing us how to check whether a comment is a spam using Google. I’m just thinking about what he will think when he comes back here again to “paste” his comment.

    That guy isn’t doing real commenting but building backlinks and in a very dumb way indeed.

    Ben Wan

    • Brankica says:

      Ben, thank you so much for helping me with this.

      If there wasn’t for you I would just delete his comments and that would not help anyone.

      I am hoping he will read this post and try to comment on it, lol.

      One thing amazes me, I love reading other people’s posts and learning from them, commenting or not. If he bothered to read at least 5% of the posts he commented on, he would probably know this is not the right way to build your name/blog/business/reputation.

  16. Good going Brankica. I never would have approved the comments to begin with because in my mind they wouldn’t have addressed what I’d written in any way. That’s just the ultimate in lazy; good “calling out.”

    • Brankica says:

      Well, to think of the comment saying “I like 2nd and 4th”, the post is made of a list.
      And I was just thinking that he was one of the bloggers that make shorter comments acknowledging that he read it and liked it.

      You never stop learning :)

  17. I had a few comments like this some time back and they are most often produced my bots, and as mentioned GASP is a superb bit of anti-spam kit, since I’ve been using it it has killed the bots dead in their tracks, ok you may get the odd human doing similar things, but at least we can defeat the majority of these blatant crappy comments on our blogs..

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Karen, welcome to my blog, glad to see you here :)
      GASP is a great tool for fighting bots and I love it.
      And I guess we can always handle people like this and I hate to think that there are many more like him out there.

  18. Good going!

    Had a bunch of these comments that I always allow to sit in moderation until a certain time has passed. If they haven’t stumbled/retweeted them I delete the comment & then email them, usually get a retweet then, but I don’t approve the comment >:)

    It’s deceitful and nasty. Had one commenter who commented that I should allow comments with “Keyword Rich Names” (really? Did your mother call you that?), and had a massive slanging match with him. Was good fun!

    • Brankica says:

      Welcome Rhys,
      you are even “crazier” than me (in a good way) to have the nerves to try and communicate with them.

      But I love your tactics!!!

      When it comes to names/keywords, Ana Hoffman has a great post on the matter, and the conversation that went on there is even better – Dofollow Express.

      Seems like some people think they have the God given right to ask for high quality do-follow links if they comment.

      There is one thing I don’t understand. The main goal of most bloggers is for their blog to have a lot of visitors (in order to make money, spread the message, what ever). Most of those visitors will be regular every day internet users. Not bloggers that need a link to their blogs.

      So, NO, it is NOT your God given right to have a “keyword rich name” on our blogs, deal with it!

  19. Unfortunately you have to think about that next step; he liked “what” about the 2nd and 4th point? He probably spent the day looking for blogs that had lists so he could drop that bit of “knowledge” on them. In the end, a comment like that, even from someone you know, means and contributes nothing to the discussion.

    • Brankica says:

      I know and you are right, but I was thinking along the lines of “busy blogger make shorter comments”, lol. Sometimes people can’t really add anything of value (depending on the kind of post).
      However, I am guilty as accused and will be smarter from now on :)

      • Glad something compelled me to come back and look at this post again, with all the messages coming through. I hadn’t seen the updates, so I didn’t know the guy had written you. Wow, the guy is clueless, and then he threw out an implied threat; the nerve!

        Too many people here know about him now, and that’ll be the end of that. Paying people to toss out bad comments; idiocy!

  20. Brankica and Ben Wan in a massive super TEAM-UP!

    Ok people, this is the way we’re gonna do this thing in 2011. Spammers back the F$@! up! lol…

    You did the right thing in outing this guy. I was getting some of those myself in my moderation queue and I’m not really that big yet, so I can imagine how annoying this is for the bigger blogs out there.

    Sheesh, is it that hard to leave a relevant opinion on something?

    Although I will admit when I read through the comments, if the point I was going to make has already been made then I won’t comment and link be damned.

    Anyway thanks for the heads-up on this guy. Re-tweeted, and you can check on it :)

  21. And another thing I just thought of…sometimes when I’m surfing around I see these blogs where most, if not ALL of the comments are spam comments. Sometimes the blog author even REPLIES to the spam comments.

    Usually I just shake my head and move on, but I think from now on I’ll make sure to drop a line or even comment and let the blog owner know that they’ve been spammed. If enough people start getting wise to this stuff then maybe we can put a dent in it.

    That way the spammers can move on to their NEXT scam, I guess…

    • Brankica says:

      Hey John, I wouldn’t even check if you really RTed cause I saw you around making great comments.

      I mean why would you mess with other bloggers when you introduced us to Severus and now you are at risk of getting your village burned :) (for those who don’t know you have to read this guest post on John’s blog – Blogging lessons we can learn from Romans)

      I think that some (not all) bloggers that reply to those spam comments are even aware that they are spam, but when you are a beginner you will reply to “asian dating online” saying how great your post is.

      I love the idea of commenting on such posts and warning the bloggers, I might do that sometimes.

  22. Brankica, you’ve got me on a mission now. :-)

    I’ll be removing those less than authentic comments, thanks to you and Ben Wan. That one comment by Praveen (or whoever he is this week) appears on 11 different sites.

    I agree with Karen, GASP is the real deal. I’ve not had a single spam comment since installing that system. As Karen mentioned, the spam was likely a bot at work. Spammers are lazy, so it is highly unlikely that a human actually took the time to cut & paste all of those comments around the net.

    Thanks for letting me know, that’s good looking out.

    • Brankica says:

      Well, I will tell you that Praveen is a human spammer and not a bot because he sent two comments passing GASP. So someone had to click the little box.

      I am guessing either he is doing it or he might have a virtual assistant with instructions on how to post comments.

      So to confirm one more time, GASP didn’t stop him and I am sure he is not a bot.

      • I agree, no bot will get past GASP, which I rather recently installed.
        Lots of cutting and pasting, no originality. I guess this is just playing to people’s trust factor, which is really too bad. To make matters worst, he leaves a documented record. Can you say BUSTED? :-)

        • looks like a lot of people are checking post for comments like this. The easiest thing to do is go into comments in the dashboard and search on the name. That’s how I found 3 comments on different posts.

          • Brankica says:

            I am sorry for him as he will obviously be loosing a lot of links but I guess he should have guessed that it is a risk.

            I mean I am a cop after all so you can imagine how allergic to liars and tricksters I am :)

  23. Brankica,

    I appreciate the work you did on tracking this down and writing about it. I think Gibson is right about this guy being in a group. I have gotten several comments from him and from others about the time that were similar.

    I have also gotten onto a list of people asking to guest post. And someone has given my email out to lists I have not subscribed to.

    It is posts like this that not only brings these spammers to our attention, it helps us to weed them out.

    • Brankica says:

      Glad I could help Sheila.

      I hope that this will help some people spot spammers easier and fight them back.

      I still have two of his comments (without CommentLuv links) on the posts I linked to but I will delete them after this post gets old.

      And he will never be approved again on my blog.

  24. Oh my gosh, I’m shocked!!! I have the SAME comments on my blog, except I was stupid enough to believe them! You did very well to check over your comments to make sure they are quality comments… I am completely and utterly just shocked! (I know I shouldn’t be, considering the amount of spammers there are around here.)

    I actually liked techperk.com and have visited/commented over there. UGH.

    Have you considered forwarding this article to Praveen? Maybe it will cause him to rethink his strategy and not engage in sneaky spammy comments anymore… or not.

    Wow, thank you SO MUCH for writing about this Brankica. I’m definitely going to retweet this. (and not just say I will without doing it!)

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Elise :)
      I bet you liked him, cause his blog looks cool. That is why I never suspected something like this!

      Sorry you had the same comments but at least now we know what to pay attention to.

      To tell you the truth I have not considered sending him the post because I am insulted enough for him doing this. But I am sure this post will reach him.

      Thanks for commenting and don’t forget it is Friday tomorrow, I am in the mood to share some YouTube videos :)

  25. Very good collections listed here…. Just kidding!! LOL

    You tell ‘em girl!! It amazes me how some spammers never get it. They waste their time with these dumb spamming techniques and have nothing to show for it but time wasted and being labeled as a spammer. Imagine if they put that amount of work into honest work.

    • Brankica says:

      I was just publishing my reply to Elise when I saw the first sentence of your comment. And I started laughing so hard. You rock, Lisa :)

      As you said, if they put that work into doing stuff the right way it would probably be better for them in the long run. You are the proof of that.

      I can only imagine what you have to put up with, I keep visiting your Facebook fan page often and I have a good laugh at some people every time. They just don’t read!

      Thanks for commenting, “I like the 2nd and 4th part the most” ;)

  26. Hi Brankica,

    I’m shocked! I’ve received several time visits from him with short comments but I didn’t check if they were on other places.
    I checked, as you’ve done, PR and Alexa and was fine. I’m googling the comment…and I’m seeing exactly 10 comments done like mine, the third one,…I can’t believe it.

    Thanks a lot for the information….the worst part “promote my post” haha where have been done?? A complete social networking failure, from him.
    Sometimes I find people that have no idea about these bad behaviors they think are ok, but I don’t know if this is the case.

    Thanks for the head up and have a brilliant 2011 Brankica :)

    Cheers,

    Gera

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Gera, welcome to my blog and I am glad you used this post to find a spammer.

      Like you say, total social networking fail. The easy part for me was checking it out, because, as I said in my post, my posts don’t get hundreds of shares so I can check out if he was actually doing it.

      I always give people benefit of the doubt but having a blog with those Alexa and Google numbers makes you an experienced blogger and not a beginner.

      If he was a beginner I would probably let it go, but come on, you have a blog with Alexa < 40.000 and you don’t know what you should or should not do…Yeah, right!

      Don’t forget to stop by again!

  27. Brankica,
    It’s amazing that your post on the Empowered Tribe caught my eye today. Guess who happened to post a comment on my site today? I checked on his site, but felt something was off so I deleted him. Now I’m glad I did!

    I like your stand about comments in your house. We definitely have the right to choose to monitor for these type of human spammers. Way to go!

    Val :)

    • Brankica says:

      Lol, I am laughing all day long, he really has his tentacles everywhere.

      Glad you deleted it straight away, I believe this is what Google calls bad neighborhood links.

  28. Good work Brankica, I’m posting about the same subject tomorrow, though I was more lazy and circumspect than you, I deleted the name involved in case I was wrong. (The spammer was female).

    I wouldn’t get too upset with Mr Praveen, I don’t think he even exists. It’s just a name to conduct his link spamming with. I also suspect that it’s actually a computer programme spitting this rubbish out. ‘Post Spinner’ software for comment backlinks.

    My spammer started off using her name. I thought she must have English as her second language, was dyslexic, or very tired, either way the comment sort of made sense and I allowed it through.

    Eventually ‘she’ gained confidence and didn’t bother with a name, I was just getting keyword rich company names. I’ve now deleted everything, and have become ultra cautious.

    Thanks for your research ideas Brankica, I think I will check a few phrases on Google now. 8)

    John
    Leamington Spa, England

    • Brankica says:

      So you got spammed by another similar one. Good thing you noticed.

      I don’t know about his name but he does post his comments as Praveen @ Techperk so it is a keyword rich name (I do allow this in general).

      I am sure there is a human behind all this because of surpassing the GASP plugin. You can’t post a comment if you don’t check the box so someone had to do it.

      Welcome to my blog and make sure to come back :)

  29. I’ve gotten heaps of comments from his as well so I’ll look back and see, it will be interesting to see what he posted on my blog.

    Thank you Brankica, first time i have ever seen someone expose a spammer, or at least know were to start in catching one :)

  30. Yup i checked. I have 2 duplicate comments and all the other one’s he’s published sound close to exactly the same. You can tell he’s just copy pasting, trying to get out everywhere.

    • Brankica says:

      I am thinking we should all be proud of ourselves since he thought all of our blogs were good enough to be in his link building strategy :)

      Wow, I didn’t know I was the first to do something like this but I am sure hoping I won’t be the last and that we can come to an end of those people that are ruining it for the rest of us!

      Thanks for commenting Peter.

      • That’s a great way to look at things. I think i had a discussion around 5 to 6 months back, he’s not a bad guy, just caught up in the wrong shady marketing techniques.

        Its amazing how askimet can’t put him into the spam folder because no one can tell if he legitimately comments until they get more than one.

        I like to think that we were selected as blogs to be part of his scheme as well. So we certainly must be the better ones ;)

  31. I experienced the same. As like you, I approve the first comment since it sounds legitimate but I finally found it is a spam after 3 comments. For me, it is okay bloggers comments for sake of back link as long as they not spam.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Dana. I don’t really get into why people comment as long as they do :) and as you say, as long as they don’t spam. But someone commenting just for the link is still a kind of spam since he/she will not read the post and add to the conversation so I will be on the lookout for those as well.

  32. I can usually smell a spammy comment from mile away and delete them instantly. I would much rather have less comments with less backlinks I give out, then to have many spammy comments just for the sake of looking popular or trying to impress readers :)

    • Brankica says:

      I am with you, Dan.
      I also delete all spammy comments, somehow I missed this one from the beginning.

      I do however suspect a few others that comment on my blog but I will let them be for now. I can always delete all of their comments once I am sure they are here just for a few words and links.

  33. This is pretty interesting to read about, the subject of “comment spammers.” I had some comments very similar to his (not him, but same idea) and really didn’t think much about it. Thanks for bringing attention to this.

    Happy New Year!

    Ed

  34. Great post Brankica! Unfortunately it seems those of us who choose to blog with integrity and ethics get a raw deal sometimes. It is tempting to at times to even participate in unethical commenting and other internet marketing tactics like the one you present, but it is not going to be good in the long run. I thank you for having the courage to share this post and that you found this guys trick! He’ll get what’s coming to him!

    • Brankica says:

      I am sure a person like him will find a way to wiggle himself out of this :)

      As long as I have bloggers like you and others that commented on this post reading my blog, I am satisfied and no spammer can take that away from me.

  35. Wow… most sincere apology ever. LOL.

    GUESS WHAT? I have a blog post coming up this month (check my calendar on my blog :P the 24th) about bad feedback/spammers… I read another story similar to this experience which I want to base my blog post on, but I will most definitely include this story in it as well.

    It surprises me that he did not take any action after receiving MULTIPLE complaints. What terrible customer service… I’m very disappointed.

    And even though he “apologized,” what’s done is done and his reputation is there to suffer.

    Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH Brankica for writing about this. Seriously, you helped a lot of us not only find a hidden spammer, but you helped us LEARN something as well.

    Automated tools, spam, robots… it’s just not worth it sometimes :S

    (P.S. the YT video will be out tomorrow morning :P thanks for being my #1 fan!)

    • Brankica says:

      I can’t wait to read that post, Elise. And trust me, I am so glad I wrote this, and especially that I kinda helped the community :)

  36. Hi again Brankica

    Thanks for posting the reply. Just goes to confirm that you were right :-) When I RT your post I started with IMPORTANT: Please read and I saw heaps of my followers RT and some have come over. Twitter sends out the word and we are all grateful to you and Mr Super Geek Ben Wan for sussing this out.

    I would never let anyone else write my comments for me. And even if I did, I would have to go check them anyway lol Who would write like me and spend so much time blog hopping. I couldn’t afford to pay them an hoursly rate that’s for sure lol

    So grateful that you have exposed this devious tactic. And I always check a blog before I initially approve a new commenters comment. I have even visited and commented on his blog.

    I have now become more selective about the comments I do approve. If they are short and not adding to the conversation and I have any doubt about their genuineness I just delete. That way I hope I keep spammers out, out , out of my blog comments!!!

    Patricia Perth Australia

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Patricia,
      I have been more and more strict with approving comments.
      I have several of them left pending until I see those people approved elsewhere.
      They are linking to one post blogs, different names linking to same blogs, etc.
      Even people who read the commenting policy don’t follow the rules, so guess what, I don’t care about them needing a link.
      I want to save the links for genuine bloggers and people that I see all over the place writing real comments.

  37. In my opinion, this is one of those “caught with the hand in the cookie jar” apologies that holds not an ounce of credibility. Apparently the heat has created a sudden sense of urgency to attempt to clean up this mess, which I believe he was fully aware of.

    “…i am not a pro-blogger,” is about the only thing that rings true.

  38. Brankica says:

    Hey peeps, here is the last e-mail I got from him:

    yes sure :) i know you are not using ads and your theme is also awesome lol :P

    how is this title?

    “A woman blogger oops spammer teaching how to make money and readers by blogging about others”

    Also you have said me as Spammer in many places, will get back to you on this for sure. Need to discuss with few on this mention,

    Happy New Year 2011 :) You have made my year !!

    No Offense

    Wow! I am amazed!

  39. Hmm,I think he’s using a notepad as a copy paste medium :D LMAO .He valued backlinks so much havent got time to post genuine comments

    • Brankica says:

      Hey there, I remember you :) You had a post about top 5 female bloggers, we agreed on all of them, didn’t we!

      Go Man Utd ;)

  40. His second response makes no sense to me whatsoever.

    “I can truly understand that your a newbie so very much excited about and tries to find something to write. I have not posted this with my link becuase i do not want your precious links ” <– NICELY DONE. LOL.

    I don't get the part about the screen capture mail thing. What does that prove?

    And the part about calling you a spammer. That makes no sense.

  41. YIKES.

    Brankica, are you going to keep communicating with him?

    Honestly, I would just ignore all of his “discussions” now haha. He clearly has no idea what he’s doing and he’s making it worse. It’s turning into a circus ring blogging argument… not worth responding anymore in my opinion. :)

    • Brankica says:

      No, I am not responding anymore.

      I just wanted to show everyone what is the level of his professionalism. Instead of trying to make it right, he is telling me he will post about me as a spammer.

      Am I supposed to be afraid!? Why would I care!?

      There are so many people that read this documented post! Screenshots of Google! Everyone being spammed by him!

      He is getting on my bad side now, I don’t like being threatened :) I tend to be dangerous, lol

  42. Brankica you are so bad-ass it is ridiculous.

    I don’t have anything else relevant or meaningful to say besides that, everyone else has covered the spread here :)

    You just became my blogging hero! Keep up the good work! lol…

  43. As I mentioned earlier to you tonight, I respect that you have shared this Brankica. It is a value to all of us – ‘new’ or not :)

    And I can assure you that the crowd will only grow larger in your favor!

  44. Hahaha. Wow. That is freaking awesome. Nicely done, Brankica! And look at all of these comments :D

    I like this. A lot.

  45. Hey Brankica,
    You and Mr. Ben Wan are like the dynamic duo! It’s funny but I went through the comments on my blog from this blogger and they were all different, so this would not have got my attention if it weren’t for you.

    Everyone is looking for shortcuts in an attempt to build backlinks and boost rankings. We all know that commenting – especially on DoFollow, CommentLuv Enabled blogs in our niche can facilitate that, so it’s something that can’t be overlooked. What ends up happening is that people outsource this task because they think it’s easy enough to do, even a non-blogger can do it.

    Did you ever see the blog commenting Cheat Sheet I found? ileane.amplify.com/2010/11/27/did-i-just-find-someones-blog-commenting-cheat-sheet/
    Well apparently this blogger thought it was a smart idea to post the commenting instructions for his workers on his website!! In this case all of the comments that I got from these guys were great. Even if they didn’t add value, you could tell that they actually read the post and I guess that’s all I can really ask of any commenter.

    When I sent him an email I never got a response and I tried to make everyone on this cheat sheet aware of what this guy is doing.

    Now back to Praveen – I emailed him and he responded that his workers were doing this and he wasn’t aware.

    Hopefully this is a lesson learned for him and any other bloggers out there. It’s not a great idea to hire someone to comment for you. It’s a slippery slope that will eventually goes downhill!

    Thanks Detective Brankica!

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Ileane,
      thanks for commenting. I guess you are the other “blog owner” from his comment :)

      I understand everything but after the comments he sent and the last e-mail I don’t believe him.

      I think he knew exactly what was going on! Instead of saying plain sorry he got defensive and eventually started insulting and threatening.

      It is all here in the post, and after the way he reacted to everything I am pretty sure this was not innocent.

      • Gee Whiz I missed the updates! Wow this is really going south. I hope this sends out a powerful message to anyone that is using these tactics. Thanks for keeping us in the loop on this situation.

  46. Hi Brankica,

    He screwed up badly and he’d admit it and move on in a legitimate way, but apparently not, after reading the second letter.
    I didn’t know of people hiring for commenting till now – bad idea – blogging is relationships, not dropping links for SEO purpose. There are easier and white techniques to do it without annoying other bloggers.

    The conclusion, controversy makes heaps of genuine comments and buzz LOL!

    Cheers,

    Gera

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Gera, I have heard of people paying someone to comment on their own blog (like if you would pay me to comment on your new post) but I didn’t know they do this too.

      I understand someone being busy but what kind of connection do you make with your fellow bloggers hiring someone to post 20 or 30 same comments on different blogs.

  47. Dear Blogger

    -err Branika- LOL

    What a funny post. I bounced between being sort of angry at this guy and laughing at his attempts to justify his actions. “I do not have four hands” lol. I of course checked to see, and yes….he got me too. Same two post as a matter of fact.

    I spam binned them of course. I will have to be a little bit more discerning in the future. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, but I may have to start being a little more rigorous on approving comments from people I have not seen comment before.

    Even if the guy is 100% innocent and it was perpetrated by someone he hired, it is still his responsibility and he has to do the legwork to clear up his name. Hopefully all his shiny backlinks will continue to disappear.

    Thanks for sharing…sorry I was so late to see this!!! Though his replys almost made it worth the wait. True comedy!

    • Brankica says:

      I think it was great that you came to the post later, cause you could see the updates, they are much funnier than my post, lol.

      As you say, it is his business and his responsibility, so insulting me isn’t gonna fix this.

      One of the things that amazed me was admitting that he doesn’t read the posts and doesn’t comment on them. It is completely opposite to what I have learned about the blogging community which is all about connecting!

  48. This same spammer guy has tried to comment on several of my blogs several times but he’s not the only one that uses these same tired phrases so I really don’t approve any comments that are generic like this ever. askimet always catches this guy so it’s simple to dump him in the trash. I always wonder why people bother but I guess if his website has that good of a page rank then what he’s doing must be working. Ah well… I only comment on a blog if it really has been of help or interest to me and I will leave a link to whatever site of mine has to do with the same subject matter. More of a win win for the both the blogger and the commenter.

    By the way I was led here by @MistyMontano when she shared this article on her facebook feed… so if she said she promo’d you.. she really did! :) Have a great day.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Chrissy, welcome and thanks for the comment. I guess I was not experienced enough to recognize a spammer from the beginning. Like he said, I am just a newbie, lol.

      What are your other blogs, what niches are you in?

  49. Hi Brankica,
    Reading the unwinding story, the posts and string of comments, feeling the heated indignation steaming through the messages, this could be the basis for a movie script.
    Move over ‘Social Network” and welcome “Shoot the Spammer”.
    Praveen hasn’t discovered my blog – I feel insulted to be left out.
    Thanks for a very lively reading session. That Ben Wan is a smart guy.
    Julia

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Julia, it is funny when you say that he didn’t find your blog, like your blog is not good enough, lol.

      I guess you are one of the lucky ones. But beware, you never know!

      Thanks for commenting and I hope to see you here more.

  50. They’re everywhere, aren’t they? So annoying and all the back and forth in the world won’t shut up people like that.
    It’s great that you brought it to everyone’s attention. We should look out for Praveen and “black list” him.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Joanne, thank for commenting! Welcome to my blog.

      Yup, they are everywhere and obviously they don’t know better. He is on my blacklist and will stay there :)

  51. Brankica,

    He is probably using Scrapebox or some other program where he can hit a button leave the same comment and figure they will stick because he was nice and respectful saying he retweeted. Another one they always try is “Wow I will share this with my friend” or something lame like that.

    Another possibility could be he is outsourcing blog comments, but his guest blog poster is lame and uneducated on how to respect others properties. But, more than likely he is using software to post all kinds of post since that seems to be the “in” thing with spammers :(

    • Brankica says:

      Software or ignorant employees, nothing can justify the comments he sent and my e-mail inbox being filled with his threats.

      He probably thinks I will continue posting his replies or what ever…

      Welcome to my blog, Garen and hope to see you around!

      • Well, that is unfortunate that someone would threaten you over that. However, I have been doing seo for 3 years and I know that spamming peoples blogs is a horrible way to make a name for yourself. What goes around comes around :)

        Maybe you will have the last laugh and his site will get deindexed by the big G, because that violates their TOS.

  52. wow…just wow.

    His response to the accusation is unbelievable. I got a similar case earlier on in my blog, was to do with plagiarising my content. I got replies from them like I was the one that was wrong and knew nothing! I mean Hello you were on MY site..STOLE MY content!

    Kudos for calling him out though!

    On a separate note I also installed the GASP plugin recently and it is awesome! so simple yet so effective! coupled with the htaccess blacklist from perishablepress.com keeps loads of nasties away !

    Also I couldnt find the tickbox to subscribe to comments….

    • Brankica says:

      I just removed the plugin for subscribing to comment and installed ReplyMe which will send you an e-mail when I publish this comment.
      It doesn’t send a bunch of e-mail, just informs you when your comment has a reply.

      Do you think I should put that plugin back and keep them both? I was thinking if that would be the right thing to do.

      As per your situation, all those people are like that. Instead of saying sorry they attack you! If someone steals your content you can always report him to his webhost, they usually react!

  53. Just installed ReplyMe as well, it looked cool ;) I personally am gonna keep both as sometime people want to know about their comments while others want to follow the discussion.

    • Brankica says:

      I just activated it again, for you :)

      You are right, I am the first person that ALWAYS subscribes to comments! So I have both plugins now!

  54. I don’t want to spam with all of the sites I have…lol but in answering your question, I have several local events blogs in Colorado http://www.ourparkercolorado.com and I write on TV, Movies and Celebrities at Examiner.com and Colorado Travel under several other titles there. How about you?

    • Brankica says:

      Well, I have this blog which was planned as a fun way to talk about stuff I like and maybe help some people with various tips. Travel should be one of the topics here. Also have a pet static website and a new website that I can’t seem to get myself to work on.

  55. you have managed to get quite a discussion going on this one… So for a newbie you are doing quite well I’d say. :)

  56. What uuuuuup Brankica,

    Yup he got me too, on 2 accounts! Thanks for writing this post, I found it funny and at the same time very irritating, the sad thing is I think he was being serious. lol

    Cheers for the heads up

    bLAZE yOUR tRAIL

  57. Hello Brankica, I had been on Lisa’s (Friendly Blogger)where you had made a comment on her post about “My Blog, My Rules” and you had made a comment there, so that is how I found you. Great blog, by the way…:)
    Since I am fairly new, I am starting to see some comments left that are getting to be pretty obvious they are human spammers. I have been scratching my head because these are showing up on posts that don’t necessarily offer “great info here, have been looking for this, will continue to read further posts”, but I have been approving them anyway, showing some love, right?…:)
    Anyway, no one comes to my house and acts up, being rude and they would never be invited again, unless they at least offer some token respect. Glad I found this comment thread, at least I know how you and others are feeling.
    Hope you don’t think I am a spammer…:)
    Take care and will stop by again! I am going to get your feed (Stop by and say hello yourself!…:)

    • Brankica says:

      Lol, no Dan, your comment has nothing to do with spam. I am glad to see you here, especially that you came from another friendly blog.
      I love blog hopping and sometimes I start with one and end up reading 30 posts just by following links from people that comment.

      I believe that everyone feels the same when it comes to spammers, most of us are doing our best and it can be annoying to be disrespected in your own house.

      Hope to see you back!

  58. Hi Brankica,

    First of all, nice to meet you (saw your blog on blogengage). Second, congrats to you for sharing your experience with us. I can’t really believe that a blogger would talk like this. He says that he doesn’t have time for blogging (Well, then, why is he ?). Blogging is for people who are passionate about it. Its not for people who hire others to do for it. Anyway, thank you for sharing the experience with us (I had actually got this guy’s comment on my blog – similar comments. I think I lost it when I was converting to WordPress).

    Great Read !

    Jeevan Jacob John
    Have a great day !

    • Brankica says:

      I remember you from Blogengage and I also read some of your posts (not sure if it was your blog or a guest post, I do remember it was a good one).
      Welcome to my blog and thanks for commenting.
      I understand the need to outsource, sometimes I wish I did it, but not the way he did it.
      What bothered me the most is the fact that he obviously doesn’t think he did anything wrong.
      But this was a lesson for all of us, I am glad to learn something every day even if it a thing like this :)

      • Thanks !

        I agree. The situation would be been better if he had accepted his mistake. Yes, I do agree. Thank you for the fast reply !

        Hope to see you soon !

  59. Great article Brankica. I notice these people will go to the extent to spam your blog not matter what it takes, and thats just plain stupid or plain crazy.

    On my wordpress blog in the Settings > Discussion section, I have selected “Comment author must have a previously approved comment” before comment appears so that I don’t automatically approve spams. I have also selected to hold comments if it has links in.

    Thanks for the info you have provided in your article.

    • Brankica says:

      I have the same setting so after I approve for the first time, everyone is approved automatically. I approved his first comment because his blog looked OK. However, his comments are going directly into spam now.
      It was just that his comments were kinda sticking out, because I read every comment I get. I do that and visit people back, comment on their blogs or at least retweet their posts because I wanted to build good relationship with others. So I could not miss what he did :)

  60. Very good collections listed out here, i love the 2nd and 4th actually. good job.. go ahead Retweeted

    Just kidding Brankica :D
    Good going on exposing him!
    He must be really mad right now, seeing how your post about him is one of your most successful blog posts, with 114 comments already :D

    • Brankica says:

      The worst thing is that I just saw now, I got that exact comment on the only two posts I had with lists :)

  61. Ahmad Zaki says:

    Wow Brankica, you really have great analysis and give some inspiration to find out the real spammer.

    How do found those 24 comments on google are you just typing this sentence into google? “Very good collections listed out here, i love the 2nd and 4th actually. good job.. go ahead Retweeted”

    thanks

    • Brankica says:

      Yes, that is exactly how you can search for it. Put it in ” ” and Google it. You can be amazed at the things you can find out just by Googling some comments :)

  62. I actually had no interest in reading this post for two reasons. First, the human spammer headline didnt grab me…and know who they are, and know what they do…boooo-ring…or so a thought…

    The other reasons I didnt read it (initially) is because it had a ton of comments, and I like to avoid the crowd lol.Personality flaw? Perhaps..anyways…

    Since you referenced it in your latest post I decided to check it out and here is what I have to say.

    He is using automated software like blogcommentdemon to submit generic comments on dofollow type blogs, Its a very effective strategy for building backlinks and improving your google/alexa ratings.

    All other emails that followed was him simply back peddling. There are no “helpers”, he’s full of shit.No one is going to pay people to submit generic comments when there is software that can do it.

    Yes, I swim in Black Hat waters and report my findings :-)

    P.S. Sorry, I only read few responses so if one of the baggilion commenters already said this, I apologize.

    Pozdrav zemljanko

  63. Oh. My. Gosh. Spammer and stupid, too. What a winning combination. I love comments but like you I find these canned compliments insulting. And the idea that the problem was caused by his vast staff because he’s too busy with high class blogs to trouble himself with a real comment — well, guess what. When most of us don’t have time we don’t comment.

    But there’s no correcting idiots. Best course is delete delete delete and move on.

    • Brankica says:

      Jan, welcome to my blog and thanks for commenting. Now that you are approved and passed my spammer test comment away ;)

      Your comment says it all. I am just really glad I wrote about this because look at all these GREAT bloggers he spammed!!!

      I am just looking at your blog and liking it :) Have to send you an e-mail, stand by ;)

  64. I can see why this post has so many comments on it. As one of the bloggers who regularly writes about blog commenting, using CommentLuv, supporting small businesses and what is and what is not spam IMHO in a comment I wanted to weigh in on this topic.

    Bloggers have vastly different ideas of what is and is not spam running from “spam is any comment from someone I don’t already know” to “spam is any comment that links to a business” to “spam is any comment that links to a sales page” to – well, you get the idea.

    Mr. Praveen needs to know that almost every blogger would consider what is being done on behalf of his site spam – even bloggers like me who are very lenient because I have a teaching blog and would rather improve what commentators are doing than ban them.

    No doubt he has already been flagged as a spammer by Akismet. Bloggers using the GrowMap anti-spambot plugin are encouraged to blacklist spammers by adding their URLs and email addresses to the blacklist function built into WordPress.

    What spammers need to know is that it is easy to get blacklisted and not easy to recover because you don’t even know where you’re automatically being blocked. (In blogs that use the GrowMap plugin, the blogger is more likely to see your comments in the spam folder because spambot spam is blocked and that is most of the spam – so they MIGHT decide to unblacklist you if you reform.)

    There are two lessons to be learned:

    1) Always be honest – don’t lie because we ARE going to catch you. (And a truly honest person is honest even when they aren’t being watched!)

    2) Stop thinking only about yourself. Do what is best for everyone instead and build a better world.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Gail, let me first say welcome to my blog and thank you for taking the time to write such a long comment, means a lot to me.
      I don’t have anything to add to what you said because you are right to the point.

      I like to say that the world is actually a small village and it is very hard (if not impossible) to keep a secret. So although we would all love to have thousands of links and great Google PR, for me, nothing is worth it if I will be banned from great blogs.

  65. I have been dealing with human robots – androids? – in my comments a lot lately. Askimet doesn’t catch them, and it is the same email address, generic comment, on so many of my posts. I love that you called this guy out.
    This is me calling out drywherly [at] gmail.com – this commenter is an android, don’t approve his comments. I got tricked for a little while.
    The Google results are shocking that you found! Same comments literally – now that is low. I’m gonna go back to my android problem’s comments and check now.

    Thanks for shining some light on this really annoying problem.

    • Brankica says:

      Lauren, glad you stopped by and added more juice to this topic :)

      I am not sure what you’ve done already but I would suggest deleting all of his comments of your blog and adding the GASP plugin to it. It might not keep human spammers out but sure will block all the bots and make it easier on you to monitor the real people.

      And I will be checking my blog for this e-mail!

      • I second that idea. The GASP plugin (which by the way stands for GrowMap – that’s me – anti-spambot plugin) has been a real blessing because it stops 95+% of spam comments because most spam is left by bots.

        I see that this blog uses it and it is spreading across the blogosphere quickly. It has saved me untold hours and hours! I haven’t set up a default link for that plugin yet but you can get to it from the tab in the header of my blog or by searching the WordPress plugin directory for GrowMap.

        • Brankica says:

          The plugin is more than great. Even though a new blog I received so many spam comments. Since I have GASP installed, all I need to worry are humans that comment for links only :)

  66. Hi Brankica,

    I’m a first timer here and got linked via Steve Scott’s blog. This is a great post. All these years I though that it was only the bots spamming, but it sounds like someone got handed (or wrote themselves) a few basic replies and started a link campaign where the labor is cheap. I delete these types of comments all the time as they add no value whatsoever to readers.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey, Robert, thanks for commenting and great taste for blogs you have, reading Steve’s blog (love it, too). Well, I guess it took me three comments to realize what he was doing but I will know better next time!

  67. Thanks for the article. That was certainly a SEO perpective I would not have thought about. I will borrow from the idea of posting comment rules. I noticed that you don’t allow commenting on your commenting policy, though.

    • Brankica says:

      Yes, I don’t allow comments there because those rules apply without discussion. No comments would change it so I am just informing spammers what not to do :)

  68. Brankica just popped in from Steve Scott’s site. Wonder if he outsourced the emails. Seems he spent more time writing those emails than just taking the time to write a good comment. 2-3 Minutes to read a post and couple minutes to make good comment maybe 5 minutes at most.

    • Brankica says:

      Those two updates are comments he sent, after that, he started sending e-mails insulting and threatening. I just don’t like the way he handled stuff after he was discovered. But we all choose how to run our businesses and I guess he has a way of running his.

      Thanks for commenting, Brendan.

  69. Can’t help but LAUGHING OUT LOUD!

    …Spammers reply back to convince they aren’t spamming- I’ve not-so-this-kind but similar experiences. When I ask and talk with such *blogger* they always come up with excuses- I know it’s fun to talk with them when you’ve time! :)

    Teasing ‘em easy- but don’t waste your energy on them. Happy Blogging.

    • Brankica says:

      lol, sure is fun cause they won’t admit the mistake. But it is so hard to find time to do it :)

  70. Pete Carr says:

    Hi Brankica,
    Yes the spam comments. Firstly you have done the right thing by naming him, (he has been to my blog,similar comments to you),as has been said before,if he can’t add value in his comment then don’t bother. If he is using software to comment then he should learn to use it properly.Or just get off his lazy backside and write decent comments.
    Blogging takes time, but is enjoyable to most, meeting other like minded people and interacting. That’s what it should be about.
    Blog hopping should be done because you want to do it (yes the back links are nice) not because you feel you have to. There are a million and 1 ways of getting back links, people like him should be a bit more creative.
    Thanks
    Pete

    • Brankica says:

      Yes, Pete, as simple as that, write the damn comment! Or don’t comment at all!!!

      I have the same exact opinion about links and blog hopping like you do.

      I actually read at least 30 new posts every day, I sometimes don’t coomment but on 5 of them.

  71. I cam over here from Ileane’s Basic Blog Tips blog when she mentioned spammers in a comment she had left. I was intrigued, and was appalled after reading your post at what people do to get backlinks through comments.

    I search for the same commenter on my blog, and I manage to find one comment he had left. I did the same search you did in Google and came back with 45 results. I quickly remove the CommentLuv link and his web site link from the comment. I have also added his site to the comment blacklist in my blog.

    When people take the easy way out, they will lose in the long run.

    Incidentally, I have switch to G.A.S.P. a few months ago, and have had no spam problems since then.

    • Brankica says:

      Thanks for commenting Paul, I often read your blog and I believe I found it through Ileane :)

      45 results!?!?! Wow, you really got the bad comment…

      Like you said, he is using in the long run, I am sure that he has thousands of links but reading comments on this post he just lost at least 100 links from great blogs!

  72. I’ve visited a lot of blogs with good content that seem to let through some very questionable comments, often the same ones as many other blogs (like you, I use Google to find out if anyone else approved them). I’m not sure if the author is aware or not. I once found a blog where the author seemed to know a lot about blogging, but they let a lot of spam through. Makes me wonder if they did it to boost their comment count so as to look more popular.

    I have a bit of fun with spammy comments by publishing them on a blog called spamcomment.com (obviously with the links removed). I find this quite therapeutic and it means I don’t get annoyed with spam as much as I used to.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Ben, welcome to Live Your Love blog, nice to see you here.

      Not sure if I read the blog you are mentioning but I did read a few posts lately with lists of spam comments, they were one of the reasons why I became so suspicious. I also see a lot of spam comments approved and I believe there are two reasons:
      1. newbies want more comments and approve everything
      2. blogs with hundreds of comments just approve everything that gets through the spam check

      However, since I wrote that I do not allow keywords only in the comments, I just delete the keyword and write something like “name deleted per commenting policy”. I saw a lot of “football online” and “asia dating sites” comments on blogs and I personally delete those.

  73. Hey Brankica

    Cool name by the way :)

    Oh spammers how they get on my nerves, the things some people will do for a backlink I tell ya.

    I only just installed the GASP plugin a few days ago, so I have not seen if it will stop the spammers as yet, hope so, it’s so time consuming going through them just to ensure I dont delete of any real comments in a mass spam delete.

    I dont have a commenting policy as yet, might be something I would consider in the future though.

    Cool post thanks for taking the time to take the screen shots too, it’s always better to back up your posts with REAL information too,

    Speak soon, Sally :)

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Sally, thanks for joining us in this conversation, nice to have you here.
      Wish I could serve coffee/tea/drinks and some sweets for all of you great peeps that commented :)

      I am sure you won’t have much to do with GASP, no bots will go through and then all you need to really read are the comments from new peeps.

  74. This post is a breath taking one. Well I’ve been on his blog before and I am leaving comments, he seems not getting other comments though like any other blogs and after reading this I think I must stop actually. I’ve never thought that he’s doing such thing. Well for me it’s really “what the?” thing something like that. But spending my time working online, sometimes I just think that we all need to do things to get things out, but others just can’t go the right way. So just understand them but hey everyone deserves respect.

    Anyway Brankica, since when you start blogging? I’m new to your site and I found it a “wow”.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey John, I started building my first website in August 2009. but it has nothing to do with blogging. It is a static website.
      I registered this blog end of August 2010. but you can see that it doesn’t have many posts. I would say that I started somewhere mid November 2010. when I started writing posts more seriously with the intention for people to read them and when I started to connect with people.

      Thanks for the WOW part!

      If you need anything you can always shoot me an e-mail. You and anyone else :)

  75. Brankica:

    I loved the post! I am going to start Googling the spam comments that I receive to find out find if they are habitual spammers so I can blog about them like you have done here. I really appreciate what you have done here.

    Take care!

    - Rick

    • Brankica says:

      That is what I am doing since I have discovered this guy. Of course I am not doing it with everyone, but I will run into a questionable comment here and there.

      I would love for more people to reveal their spammers and make sure, if you do a post on that, to send me an e-mail, I wanna be one of the first to hear about it :)

  76. Brankica,
    The thing is this wasn’t a “human spammer” to start with. Praveen for sure has some sort of auto-commenting bot that most probably searches for the terms “comment luv” and “blogger luv” and automatically leaves comments on the sites. Personally I don’t always engage in much commenting on my blog (it’s still really new and deciding how to go about it) but on the blog I used to run last year (which I no longer have) I would only accept comments that actually added content and value to the current post. Any comment that just says things like “thank you”, “great posts”, “I tweeted it and digged it”…are all just people looking for back-links and wouldn’t accept them anyway.

    It was funny to read the conversations you had back and forth with this spammer guy. People are really retarded…how can they possibly think what they are doing is ok, and saying sorry for it seems a bit dumb (IMO).

    Anyway…I found you through dragonblogger and thought your gravatar looked hot – so wanted to check your site out. haha.

    PS: I havn’t seen many sites using Atahualpa in a long time. I used it ALONG time ago, but personally I think it is a bit overkill…Oh and make sure to clean out your database if you ever switch, because it adds a lot of stuff in there.

    See u around,
    AJ

    • Brankica says:

      Hello AJ, yes this whole situation turned funny :)

      I saw so many blogs with this theme lately that I am sticking with it just cause I thought it has to be cool to be used that much. Well, you just “scared” me since I have no idea how to clean out the database after changing the theme, but thanks for the heads up so I can pay attention to it.

  77. Stacey Herbert says:

    You learn something new everyday, it wouldn’t have even crossed my mind to google someone’s comments. Parveen sounds like first class twit

    Genius,

    thanks

    Stacey

    • Brankica says:

      Hi, Stacey, Googling was Mr. Ben Wan’s brilliant idea and I am so happy to have him as a friend. I guess more experience online teaches you how to do stuff, and this was a great lesson for me.

  78. I love that you also take the “This is my blog and I can do what I want with it!” approach. My blog is a dictatorship. You don’t have to stay here, but It’s my realm and I’m in charge.

    And I can be a very moody dictator.

    • Brankica says:

      Hello, Jay, so glad to see you here!

      Well, I guess I have to take that stance otherwise you would read comments here from “cheap toaster” that would comment “great post”, lol.

      Nice to know you are a moody dictator, I will pay more attention next time I visit ;)

  79. Hi Brankica,

    What an unbelievable story! I’ve actually have had my fair share of ‘human spammers’ including the lovely Mr. Praveen. ;-) And as you, he seems to leave a sincere comment and promises to retweet and never does! LOL

    Never thought much about it … until now. Shame really. What do they think they will be accomplishing by doing that? Really?!

    Well, thoroughly enjoyed your post … and I will retweet this. Really!! LOL

    • Brankica says:

      Hello Michele, welcome to my blog. I love that we all found so much fun in this.
      I even signed a few comments I made with some of his words, on blogs from people that commented here. It is just so much fun!

      Well, if he visited you, I guess you have a good blog, that is what conclusion we draw from the situation :)

  80. Business Marketing with John Komatsoulis says:

    Nice to meet you Brankica the Blog Owner :)

    I noticed your post today from my friend Michele Welch’s blog and your Stumblepon post caught my attention and brought me here.

    This post also caught my attention and is a great insight of what not to do.

    • Brankica says:

      Thanks John and glad to see you here. I think we can all learn from this post and the great comments made on it.

  81. What a moron, he’s the spammer and he accuse you of it. I don’t care if he’s busy, if he’s going to have other people commenting in his name then he had better make sure they do it properly otherwise they’re no better than robots.

    I’ve had these types of comments before and I sometimes do leave them but only because I try to allow for the fact that English is not their preferred language.

    I’m pretty pissed at the moment. I’m just going to go through my comments to see if any are from him and if they are I’m going to spam them.

    I’ve also had people tell me that they’ve tweeted a post and you can always tell when it’s BS. I’d prefer they not say anything at all rather than try to bribe me it lies.

    • Brankica says:

      Sire, you are so right. I also give people the benefit of the doubt, language wise but I guess that is what some people are counting on!

      I haven’t commented before saying that I RTed something but after this post, I saw some people (including me) adding this to their comments: “Go ahead retweeted” or “I am RTing this, you can check”. So I guess we are all still having fun and great time and no spammer can take that away from us!

      • I checked my blog, luckily there is a search feature ;) , only to find there wasn’t any comments left by him. That’s probably because I recognized them for what they were and deleted them straight off.

        I think it very important that we ensure we only let quality comments through as these ad to the quality of the post.

        • Brankica says:

          When I started this blog I had no idea what spam was. I am the one that even allowed a bot comment on a post. But fortunately it took me just a little bit of time to learn. SO I just deleted them.

          Since I wrote this post I got some comments from people that I believe were real but the links are fishy, they are still pending. I guess the more you learn the more you are careful what you allow on your blog.

          Although I must say I saw some bloggers (big, big ones) allow spammy comments. I guess they don’t approve each comment because they get so many, but if my blog ever gets so big that I have “too many” comments, I will probably be even pickier about who to let in.

          • I’ve noticed that on the so called ‘big’ blogs. I did a post ages ago on why I don’t even bother to visit them anymore. To me leaving a comment there was like I was talking to myself. I never got any reply, and people can’t say it’s because they’re too busy. As far as I’m concerned they just don’t care. Otherwise why leave those spam comments and those that have keywords other than names? Probably because they don’t even check the comments.

            As for not having the time, I run 9 blogs and worked a job and had time. Those guys make so much money blogging is not their job so by all rights they should have more time, not less.

            Keep up the good work. Filtering out the crap makes your blog so much better than those who don’t bother.

          • Brankica says:

            Thank you so much :)
            I think you said it right, about the comments on big blogs.

            And thanks for that detailed post about MailChimp (or chipmunk how I named it once in hurry, lol) I really needed that info!

  82. Hi Brankica, in the end they are all human spammers. It never stops to amaze me just how lame people really are.

    Generally I look for tell tale signs of spam. I don’t usually except comments that don’t clearly show that the person actually read the post.

    I have been marketing online for 10 years, after some time you will start to quickly be able to tell a spam comment from a real comment.

    There are times when I get hundreds of spam comments in a week. The growmap plugin has had an effect on the amount of spam I get.

    To bad we can’t tar and feather people, thanks for sharing

    Larry

    • Brankica says:

      Lol, I wish we could do that. I love GASP since it really lowered the number of spam comments to a minimum. Those few that go through because they were submitted by humans are not hard to go through, since there are not hundreds of them :)

      Thanks for commenting and welcome to my blog!

  83. I thought you might think this is interesting. I found it in my comments awaiting moderation this morning:
    “someone needs to smack you in the face” from colonclnse73.webs.com/apps/blog/
    unclejady[at]yahoo.com 173.234.49.27
    I’m not sure why I deserved that kind of remark. It was on this post:
    instantcashathomesystem.com/the-us-disable…-for-the-cause
    I think I had deleted one of their comments before, so maybe they got a little upset…I guess. Anyway, if they post on yours, you know who they are.

  84. Brankica This is my first visit to your blog and probably your blog headline on some comment luv blog caught my attention..
    I must admit that such case is hard to catch and even if I suspect something like this, instead of doing a search, I usually give a benefit of doubt to the commentator..
    Though after reading this post, I have decided I will prefer accepting comments which are made directly to the post and not so general comments which can be pasted on any posts….!!
    Regards
    Harsh

    • Brankica says:

      Glad I could help, Harsh. The bigger the blog is the easier spammers get by, because with a lot of comments it is hard to pay attention to every detail.

  85. I’m relatively certain I’ve heard from this spammer before. Akismet has done a pretty good job of blocking spam comments for me, and I’ve seen a comment or two on there that sound a lot like this person.

    As far as what I do about them, I ignore them. I don’t give them the time of day, and most of the time they get the hint that I’m not going to approve their comments. I moderate all comments before they show up for everyone to read, and since I have a pretty strong grasp of the English language, I’m normally spot on when it comes to knowing who is a spam bot and who isn’t.

    That and until recently I haven’t really gotten much traffic, so its not like I have a million comments to go through every time I log into wordpress, though that does seem to be changing with this postaday2011 challenge.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey, Liz, well I hope you will get a lot of traffic in this year but I also hope the spammers will skip you :)

  86. That is pretty despicable. I like to leave blog comments, but I wouldn’t lie or spam to bloggers. I mean, it’s a privilige to have a comment published, not some right that can be abused.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Andy, glad you think so. That is what will get you connected with more people and bad behavior will never get you far. Thanks for commenting!

  87. As my mother-in-law would say, naughty naughty naughty. For those of us who like to blog, such antics are a slap in the face. And more importantly, it gives reputable SEO consultants a bad name.

    I recently had to inform a prior employer that their current SEO consultant was spamming one of my client websites with useless, keyword rich comments. Joyful situation, but I felt obligated to do it. This was only a week ago, so I guess after that incident, I should not be surprised with your story.

    Again, it gives us all a bad name and just makes me angry!

    • Brankica says:

      Rebecca, welcome to my blog! I am sorry that these things don’t surprise us any more but I guess there will always be those black hat guys. I don’t care that they try but if you are caught just walk away. I still receive some spam comments which is terrible now that I know all of them are people (because of the plugin that stops bots). But there is always a delete button so they can just try…

  88. This is something I’m not aware of Brankica. I thought checking the commenters profile or blog is enough to confirm if its spam or not, but you have given me something to wary about. :-)

  89. Sounds like English is definitely not his first language. Anytime I get a comment where the English is broken and doesn’t really make sense I tend to just trash it. I may be a bit harsh with my comment monitoring, I lean towards guilty til proven innocent, because if the commentators site is a niche static site or they sign with their keywords in the name box I typically delete right away.

    I think if I were a comment spammer I’d at least write quality comments so they stay rather than getting the majority of your work deleted anyways. Seems like a really bad investment of time to just copy and paste… nobody really ends up winning in the end.

    First time at your blog, I like it your writing style.

    Cheers,
    Ryan

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Ryan, thanks for the great comment.
      I think I saw your blog way back in Lisa Irby’s case study. I read it a lot then, and have to go back to it more.

      Thanks for the nice words and hope you will come back. And as far as the spammers go, they will never learn. If they would they wouldn’t be spammers any more ;)

  90. I so agree with you! these comment spammers are no use and if they cant produce quality content and make good comments why bother the serious chunk of the blogging community at all! It is better to build an exclusive community of serious and niche related people who are interested in our content than getting swarms of unrelated followers who tend to spam us sooner or later. I am glad you made this post.

    • Brankica says:

      Glad you liked it. I hope some people will stop doing it and just create great content for others. Then there won’t be need for them to get links with black hat tactics, people will just link to them voluntarily.

  91. Hi Brankica,

    Go Girl! You are really going places! I have never seen anybody turn a rant into a great post. You showed us your techie side (with the Friends tab post) the other day and now you are showing us your Detective side. And u said you are just doing this for fun?

    The internet is really an unfair environment. Genuine bloggers put in a lot of time and effort to build links while others use spamming to take their blogs to the top of Alexa Ranking in a few weeks. I strongly believe that those 2 people he mentioned are phantom employees, he just does not want to admit that he is the one posting the comments.

    And what if you are making money from your blog? Let him write whatever he wants to write. It will not affect you in any way. The only thing it will do is to bring more traffic to your site because people will google your name and come straight here! Hopefully, they will stay long enough to see this post and all the ‘evidence’ therein. And these will surely expose him and the lie he will write about you.

    I have been following your blog and applying your FB tips to the fan page of our website.

    Please keep doing what you are good at, Secret Agent Brankica!

    • Brankica says:

      Maka, thanks for such nice words :)
      You make sure you come back often and comment away.

      And any time you need more tips and help, especially with FB, feel free to contact me!

      Now this is gonna sound weird. I just went to see your blog and I saw plantain recipes. Why is this weird? I’ve never heard of plantain till 2009. when I lived in Liberia for a year. Tried them there for the first and the last time. Loved them. So today (before I checked for new comments here) I went to a store (in USA) and was so surprised to see plantains. I was telling my husband how I gotta find a recipe and try to make them. I come back here and I see this. Destiny, lol!

  92. Wow! You see what the internet does to us? We’ve gone from talking about hi-tech spamming to food in no time :)

    I am happy that while I take your blog apart to learn some stuff, you can rummage my website to find yourself some plantain recipes and much more. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of the recipes! Providence indeed.

    Regards

    • Brankica says:

      Thanks, Maka, and same goes for you, any time you need something, feel free to contact me :)

  93. LOL Brankica!

    You really nailed this one. yeah I’ve seen him around and he has somehow disappeared completely. Now I know the reason. I’ve always known something really fishy about his comments. I’ve approved a few and after a while I’ve never approved it again. I think for anyone who’s ever thinking of being a human spammer should read this from top to bottom a few times.

    Anyway, human spammers are worse than bot spammers IMO because they knowingly and willingly do it.

    • Brankica says:

      My feelings exactly Bryan :)

      Welcome to my blog and hope to see you around!

  94. I came to your site after reading your article on using flickr images for traffic on Ana’s blog.

    This is the first article that I have read on this blog after going through the popular posts box because the title caught my eye – human spammer.

    A very interesting article and very instructive as well. And that gives me an idea – perhaps someone should develop a plugin that not only catches spam but also checks if there is a similar comment posted on blogs elsewhere – “duplicate comment plugin”. A serious blogger might even pay for such a plugin if it would help combat such “hired / cut-past bots”.

    And I also agree with you on the CAPTCHA type anti-spam plugins. My site had SI CAPTCHA but I also felt that it could be trouble for a genuine person contributing a comment. I had encountered Growmap Anti Spam check box on Ana’s site but did not know what plugin it was. After reading this article, the first thing that I have done is installing that plugin on my site. After that I am writing this comment!

    Thanks a ton. I will be back again for more

    • Brankica says:

      That is a great idea. Why don’t you do it or if you are not techie enough, get someone to develop it and make money of someone elses coding. People do that, you know :)

      I love GASP since it really blocks a lot of spam. When something goes through it, I can see it was a human and laugh at some of the stupid comments they leave on this blog.

      Thanks for the comment and nice to see you on my blog.

  95. I’m amazed you took the time to confront him in the first place. I find that dealing with people like this is a waste of time. I’m glad that some good came out of it as it seems from the comments that many people have found that spammer on their site and will be more careful of whose comment they now approve.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Brankica says:

      Well, seems like it wasn’t waste of time, lol. I usually just delete comments that don’t follow my commenting policy but this guy just did too much on too many blogs.

  96. Wow, people (human spammer) like this really take away from the blogging and responding process. I guess it’s financial, but take the human process out of it and what’s the point.

    You probably engaged him more than you needed too, but I could understand your indignation. However, you took the high road and thanks for the informative post.

    I finally set up my WordPress account and posted my first blog (if you can call it that), but I’ll keep my eye out for him. Reading your post just lets me know there is still so much I don’t know in this world. Thanks for making me smarter.

  97. I get this garbage all the time. Akismet has been great at catching it, but it’s still a time drain.

    I’ve done what you do and googled quotes from comments. Also, look for generic comments that don’t reference the post CONTENT at all.

    Spammers will have a special place in hell, I am sure of it. ;)

    • Brankica says:

      Lol, I am sure they will. GASP is doing a great job but I don’t understand, sometimes I get comments in spam and Akismet is deactivated…weird. Thanks for the comment.

      I have one posted that was posted on 99 other blogs. I removed the links and left it to be seen, it was just do funny :)

  98. LOL I don’t know how I missed this post entirely but it was really fun to read. I had one case scenario for someone selling bathrooms, I was receiving comments from these weird bathroom stores and I didn’t see much relationship between marketing entrepreneurs and online bathrooms but what the heck I thought and leave the comments there.

    After installing the GASP plugin I stopped receiving those kind of comments, but a few days later I actually started receiving yet AGAIN the same comments LMAO so it was actually a person checking the required box (and not a bot as it wouldn’t check the hidden checkbox) that it was writing these weird comments.

    Now that I just read your post I know everything’s possible!

    Definitely retweeting (I do RT you know that LOL)

    ~Sergio (another blog owner) ;-)

    • Brankica says:

      LOL, I saw the RT even before I saw that post. Oh yes, people will do a lot of crazy things. I can’t believe about that bathroom thing…

      Some people will put keywords instead of names, which I don’t allow, especially that I have a Keyword Luv plugin so there were times or two when I sent an e-mail to the person, telling him/her what to do. I mean, they were great, genuine comments, people just sometimes miss it.

  99. There are several issues at work here. Some people have no social skills at all and this carries over to the use of social media. Others are too busy trying to “monetize” their blogs that they forget that the object is to build a reputation by interacting with people, the rest, if it’s meant to happen, will follow.

    There are those who really don’t care and also people who think that what they’re doing is perfectly acceptable.

    As for spammers, I guess my little project is too small and/or too specialised for it to appear on their radar!

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Steve,
      welcome to my blog and thanks for taking the time to comment.

      I would agree with you and say that I don’t think you will stay off the radar that easy :)

  100. Hi Brankica,

    I have got 3 comments form Praveen in my blog and all the three looks like the comments you got from him. But I never thought that he was a spammer because the numbers of his blog (Alexa and PR) made me think that he is a great blogger. But your post opened my eyes from now onwards I will not approve any of his comments.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Rojish, that is exactly the same reason why I approved his comments. I first checked his blog and saw the numbers. But you never know do you?

  101. First of all WOW!! You hit a nerve with this subject, look at the amount of response you got, amazing!! I’m going to watch out for this guy, I get a ton of spam and sometimes good people, real Blogger end up in the luncheon meat department, that’s a bit worrying. Well done, and it’s great you didn’t just let him get away with it. Like you quite rightly say, if you can’t be bothered, just don’t bother. simple, right? Good for you, I’ll be back to read more of your stuff, best regards, Peter

  102. You should just let him be. Some are here to spam – don’t need to pay too much attention to them.

    I stopped being surprised by spammers. :-) I have a note on my outdoor blog, asking people to comment using only their name (not business name) and lots of folks ignore that… So spammers are here to spam – we have to flag them and ignore them.

    There are better things to do.

    Anyway, I bet the guy is disarmed by your honesty and 100% transparency. :-)

    Cheers!

  103. I just found this and can’t believe the nerve of the guy. Sounds like he had hired some people to get links for him and that’s what they did.

    My blog is young but I’ve noticed a few of those already.

    My question to you is what if someone seems like they read my post, made a semi-relevant comment, but their link is to a site selling fake Rolexes.

    would you approve it or delete it?

    • Benny, my recommendation is to use Askimet, a plugin which will block most spammers.
      Then go through the blocked comments to check for errors (very rare)>

      Copy Rolexes, or whatever – Delete it.
      Your reputation will disappear down the toilet if you use obvious spam to bulk up your comment links.
      Never, ever, EVER reply to spam comments. It cancels the link to you; identifies you as a sucker blog; and can open the flood gates to tons of spam very quickly. You won’t be liked by the spiders either – very important.
      Hope that helps a bit and good luck with your venture.
      Regards
      Alan :-)

      • Brankica says:

        Actually Akismet is not even close to GASP, in mu opinion, and I have been using it for months now. Akismet will spam real genuine comments and that can be pretty annoying. Some bloggers forget to get those comments out of spam.

        Most of the comments Akismet spams are posted by bots.

        GASP, however, doesn’t even allow a bot to post a comment, so all spam you get is written and posted by a real human.

        As a new blog, I had at least 20 comments a day cleaned by Akismet. The more visitors I got the more comments came in and it was annoying to check each and every one of them. With GASP, I only get occasional comment that is spam, and written by real people.

  104. Hi Brankica
    You can imagine my site’s subject. It won’t be of any interest to casual surfers. Yet I get similar comments from all sorts of people, right from selling candles to porn toys. Instead of feeling bad simply delete the comment and move ahead.
    The real problem being that many (around 70-80%) blog writers do not have authoritative subjects, or some deep knowledge but still want to blog. Then, the problem of SEO, backlinks haunt them (they even haunt me). There are other tools like blogresearch but all need hard work. To avoid all this (Internet is choke full of automatics, plugins to do all that stuff) they resort to these tactics.
    BTW I feel that you are extremely gifted (both as a shooter and blogger) so, Instead of wasting even one minute, you should carry on with your great blog.
    I am a newbie, and learnt a lot from your site. Thanks.

  105. Hey, thank goodness for Askimet. I receive this junk ata aratio of about 100:1, and not the nice way round. I recognise the name above, but Askimet has always blocked him. I always read every single ‘spam comment’ blocked by Askimet, just in case a valid one gets caught. I also look for bad use of English.
    Even allowing for people who are not English speaking, it becomes obvious that they’re employing some sort of child slave labour to write the comments, or simply swiping badly worded ones.
    I found it insulting that he implies that he has staff to write comments. That’s not exactly in the spirit of blogging, is it?
    Is he aware that you can shoot a gun? (See, someone reads the About Me page.) I like to know who I’m connecting with.
    Still like this blog.

  106. Ok Brankica. I’m glad you RT this last night b/c 1) it reminds me I need to grow a backbone and do the same for my stuff already!! And 2) it’s hilarious to see the cluelessness of others. Ari Herzog ran into a similar situation, though not to this extent, when you could Google the exact same comment and see it all over. Nope, not cool. My comment policy is a big no on spam, link trolls, etc. There have been times when a human spammer has fooled, good reminder to pay closer attention. FWIW.

    • Brankica says:

      Davina, to this day I still delete comments I receive that are spam. They are obviously made by humans, otherwise they would not pass the GASP but they are still worst kind of spam.

      When a comment looks suspicious I will Google it and approve only if I don’t find anything similar on the web. Interesting thing is that some comments really sound like general, non-related-to-the-post spam, but ARE REAL comments that are not posted anywhere else. I approve those of course.

  107. Brankica,
    I too have experienced issues with people doing things such as this.. it is one of the frustrating parts of social media. Across industries on social networks the spam factor has practically grown tenfold I’d venture to say. The unfortunate problem is these people who are truly just spamming, consider what they are doing “marketing” and we all know this is not at all what they are accomplishing. As a professional in the social media marketing arena this really bothers me because it’s far from beneficial to ANY business to act in this way! Kudos to you for calling this guy out! Much respect to you as well for paying attention to what is going on your blog and the comments. Seems you are a smart lady – so you will have no problem getting over that lost 5 minutes and you probably saved others way more time than you spent! Looking forward to networking with you in the future – I enjoyed my visit to your blog!

    Kimberly
    Social Media Magic

  108. Hey Blog owner…wait isn’t your name Brankica…

    Looks like Praveen is the Charlie Sheen of your blog and he did mess with the wrong “blog owner”. Though I don’t have the “privilege” of having him over at my blog, maybe because I am a newbie and he doesn’t have time for poor old blogs like mine. I need to figure this out. I always make sure I get back in touch with people who are commenting on my blog, always a nice way to get in touch with some amazing bloggers and I manage quite well. But people who always leave a comment like “Nice…loved it!” get me a little curious, I mean, you ought to have more to say than that someday. I mean fight with me if you don’t agree, I wouldn’t mind but don’t go around saying the same thing on all blogs you come across, you might be the next Praveen!

    Interesting, will go out and check the “Praveens” of my blog! LOL!

  109. What all is happening on one of my favorite blog :( .

    @Brankica

    What is the benefit of commenting on different blogs?I am just asking am not gonna start this lolz as dont have that much time moreover I cant subscribe to all the blogs as I dont like reading more emails

    • Brankica says:

      Neeraj, I see two main benefits from commenting – connecting with people and getting links to your site. But definitely not the way he did it :)

  110. Just reading this and I guess it happens on all (or most blogs). I get those too but I simply block the IPs – saves me the trouble of seeing them the next time.

  111. Hello Brankica, my name is Jo from Greece and I run into a blog post of yours through Blokube, you must be the first person I added there, I just joined the site. I came to your blog here and I read some articles of yours, you are doing a wonderful job even if you do it for fun only and you do it in a very truthful and professional way. Your numbers on google and alexa are fantastic also. I signed up to your newsletter from your email submit form you have on the right top and I am looking forward to reading your updates.

    As for the gentleman that you mention in this post, I agree with you that he is the one that is not professional. It takes a lot of nerve to be proven a spammer as he was with your screenshots, submitting the same comment to multiple blogs and attacking you to cover his “guilt”.

    It’s like someone bursts inside your home uninvited, provokes you in a not so pleasant way and expects that you will do nothing about it or say “thanks, give me more or something”.

    As if you would not be able to check him out if his comments are genuine or not.

    I’ll be dropping by during your next updates that I will receive via email.

    Have a great day :)
    Jo

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Jo, thanks for the great comment. Welcome to my blog and hope you will stick around for some time :) If you need anything you can always send me an e-mail.

      Glad to see someone from Greece, I am from Serbia :) And spent my honeymoon in Greece, love it so much and can’t wait to go back!

  112. Hi Brankica, This post was entertaining to me, as a person who has had a personal blog for several years. Since I’ve just started some Niche Blogs, it has caused me to wonder what to do about spammy human comments. I want to be polite because traffic is so important, but I think the comments aren’t “real”, they are very similar in tone to the one from the weirdo who posted on your site. I will definitely be back to browse your site since I am venturing into the world of full time blogging and so far you’ve entertained and informed me. -THX!

  113. hey read the whole post and got to know how a blogger used to do spam and trying to say that its not his fault and putting the blame on his emplyees. Great brankica… I really enjoyed this article the way you have answered to Mr. praveen is very professional.. very nice

  114. ExpatDoctorMom says:

    Holy molly Brankica! That guy is a jerk. And what is he talking about English, it is clearly not his first langauage. It is not mine either, lol!

    Thanks for the fair warning on this type of stuff. I have the link to askimet up and will install this on my site as well. I just added comment luv, thanks to you! I am still debating on a commenting system but favor livefyre at the moment thanks to your posts!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.Rajka!

  115. The more comments you get similar to this, the easier you will decide to just delete them :)

    Your blog is your house and you want to keep it clean. Thanks so much for the comment!

  116. @ExpatDoctorMom I like Livefyre for now, will see for few more weeks if it was a good move :)

  117. L00ty says:

    Ah, my old friend Praveen. Or, as I have now decided to call him; Mr Blog Spammer (see how he likes it!). I came across this guy on one of my blogs last year, putting almost the same comments as he has here.

    Thanks for doing what I never thought to do, and outing him for our entertainment! I’ll definitely be trying your tip (or that of mrBenWan) and googling any short comments that come through in the future.

  118. @L00ty Sorry you had the same problems :)

    I found more spammers like his after this situation and I can tell you, some of them looked so genuine, you would never suspect!

  119. @atish Thanks, glad you liked it!

  120. What an interesting post. I just love this. You have given a straight forward and professional answer to the spammer.

  121. finally read this (linked up on sits problogger challenge) so fascinating and i wouldn’t believe it if i didnt read it myself.. thanks for sharing!

  122. Well, a long story on the spammer, however, could you share me that how you can find all of his comment?

    Thank you
    Jenni

    • Brankica says:

      To find them on other blogs, you can just Google the whole comment or a part of it using the quotation marks.

      To find them on your blog, I just opened all the comments and did a search for his name at the top right search box of the dashboard.

      And after I was sure, I blacklisted his name, IPs and e-mail :)

      Does this help?

      • Ahh Ok, it’s great, thank you so much Brankica, just I thought this method isn’t 100% accurate since Google will show relative comments of other people too.

        • Brankica says:

          If you put quotation marks it will show the exact results, they will be bolded so you can easily see that the comment is exactly the same. Just like these screenshots.

  123. I had to make a trek back to this blog.. I am amazed I am still getting emails that more comments are posted.. Seems we are ALL affected by this more than we realize. Thanks again for exposing this issue! Seems you definitely hit a nerve with this one!

  124. Wow! Quite an article. It’s amazing how the loser turned it around on you and tried to call you a spammer for writing and commenting on your own blog about someone spamming your blog posts! Hello? What planet is this guy on? What universe does he live in? Thanks for sharing. So sorry there are negative people out there trying to cheat the system and then Blame You when they get caught!
    Take Care,
    Jupiter Jim

    • Brankica says:

      Glad you liked it, Jim. I wasn’t really surprised, if someone can pay a person to leave comments for him what else can I expect but this type of behavior.

      • Exactly! Can you please save me the trouble of having to look it up and tell me what anti-spam plugin you are using again? So should I “deactivate” akismet and start installing this other anti-spam plugin on my blogsites and my client’s blogsites, too?
        Thanks for that very cool information about akismet in the comment below.

  125. These people also does not know that antispam plugins learn from these behavior and may block their comment at the first place. I use akismet and while checking spam I found comment from one of my friend there. I was amazed why is it so?

    But after reading your article I searched for that comment and I found lots of similar comment from same person. Well deleted that comment!

    • Brankica says:

      Yeah, Akismet is like that but it has a very big fault. Once it catches someone in the spam folder it hardly ever let’s go. It will catch genuine comments all the time. I am not using it anymore because of the poor performance.

  126. Haha what a classic comeback! I have been using Akismet, thinking about changing after a few posts mentioning it’s performance.

    The spam comments thing is so tragic, people paid to spend their days writing bogus comments, it has to be one of the most useless efforts in history. Even the scam nigerian lotteries at least must get some tangible results once in a while!

    Why don’t they pay them to write useful content instead? Surely a better long term investment!

    • Brankica says:

      My big issue with Akismet is that it will pick up an e-mail by a real, genuine commenter and send all his/her comments to spam. For bigger blogs that receive a lot of comments, this means that the good comments will most likely be deleted by mistake.

      That is why I avoid it. GASP really does miracles and the few spammy humans that will work their way around it will be easy to stop and delete.

      Thanks so much for the comment, hope to see you on my blog again :)

  127. Name deleted per commenting policy says:

    You know, even as a commenter, I still find it hard to blog, because of the name I use — for SEO purposes. Though, I’d still never do such a thing like this. It’s useless, and pointless.

    If you try this for a while, I promise you’ll adjust to the norms of commenting. Time won’t even matter to you, because you’ll be so use to it. If you know how to write blog posts, all you have to do is read the few last sentences of the first paragraph, the first few sentences after headlines, and the last few sentences of the last paragraph; and you’ve got a good idea of what type of comment you want to come up with. Commenting is as easy as that, but it’s a shame that people are so insecure about their goals rather than the effect it has on one another.

    • Brankica says:

      The name of this commenter was written: 51websitedesign. This is clearly something that is considered spam.

      I don’t care what you use for SEO purposes. There is a link to commenting policy on this post and since you are only reading a few paragraphs of posts, you obviously missed it.

      Your e-mail and domain name are going to be blacklisted now, just because you are showing the same manners as the person in the post. Oh, and the reason why I kept this comment, is just to show how terrible comments people can leave!

      • Wow that dude’s comment makes no sense especially in a post that is complaining about just that type of behavior! L-o-s-e-r!

  128. This is my first comment on this blog. I came here to this post via Popular post widget. Seriously I would have gone to your next article if I hadn’t seen techPerk.com written in the post. I was like wait I know Praveen and his blog, he commented on my blog a several times. I’m really shocked to read his replies after he got caught spamming. I had respect for him. I used to think that he’s a good and well-known blogger in the blogosphere. But now, after reading your post, I’ve just lost all respect for him. What’s the point of hiring people for commenting on other blogs just to get good alexa numbers if you love blogging? It takes years to build a reputation but only a mistake to ruin it and he’s done the mistake.

  129. Thanks for making me better aware of this particular form of comment spamming and mentioning GASP. I currently have Akismet on two hobby blogs, and I have been very discouraged by the number of trash comments and bogus ‘registrations’ I have to deal with. As a result I have left my professional blog on one of the free services simply because less of my time is wasted dealing with autospam. I know this has disadvantages.

    A typical spam comment I see on my professional blog (hosted by Google’s blogger) is inevitably a human one, short, and contains links in strange contexts in the body of the comment. In many cases it’s obvious that the spammer has read the post; once in a while a good point is even made in the comment. But the embedded link is always to some page on the spammer’s web site in which low quality competitive services are offered. I am a freelance translator, and the spammers are usually representatives of Pakistani, Indian or UK-based agencies offering services to direct clients at 10% to 20% of what I would charge an agency to cover my basic living expenses. I hadN’t really considered a pure backlink strategy without links in the comment itself.

  130. Not sure what the big deal is really. People are being taught this stuff everyday. Even the very good comments can be spam. A lot of butt kissing. How do you know those
    are real? It’s your blog do whatever you want but I hate the ones that always have butt kissing comment who’s always the first to comment in hopes of getting traffic.

    Spammers!

    • Brankica says:

      The big deal is that someone is trying to get links for ranked pages. I don’t care where you do it, can’t do it here.

  131. Hmm, Some bloggers only want to make money online by all means they don’t care about providing genuine value. Why should someone hire commenters all in the name of generating backlinks? The blogging game is now getting corrupted. Brankica, thanks for this post we now know who to ignore.

  132. I got this from another blog, and though I’d take a look. I’m not sure if I should cry or laugh at his attitude.

    I am starting to think that in some countries is perfectly acceptable to do that kind of stuff and admit to it. I mean, like when they send me emails offering services signing with a made up name ‘because real names bring credibility’. Must be some sort of cultural thing, ignoring the spirit of something and just taking it literally?

    Maybe they think all blogs are just automated machines created to scrap other people’s articles and spam each other? And who generates original content? The cats?

  133. The reality is that many of the spammers are from 3rd world countries – India, Malaysia, Pakistan, etc.. and are more concerned with making a couple bucks than with being labeled spammers.

    The links they get from active blogs can make a huge difference in traffic and their income – and even $20 in sales/affiliate income a day goes a LONG way in India.

    I’m not condoning the behavior – and I use GASP myself, and delete spammy comments. If everyone deleted spam comments, they’d stop trying to post them.

    • Brankica says:

      I can not add anything to it :) I completely agree!!!

      • My only concern with GASP is that it has not been updated since 11/29/2010 I absolutely hate the idea of using a plugin that is so out of date, especially since WordPress has had the major upgrade to 3.2.1 Should I be concerned about this? If it hasn’t been updated till now, will it ever be updated again? Am I thinking and worrying too much about this? Thanks! — Jupiter Jim

        • Why not use Akismet? So far it works for me.
          Cloudflare as DNS (blocks known threats and spammers) and Akismet and so far only one spam comment made it through (And I almost approved it because the guy was at least trying hard ;) )

          • Because Brankica and other earlier in this conversation were saying that akismet also does a wonderful job of catching legitimate comments and putting them in the spam folder as well.

          • Brankica says:

            Jim, GASP is still working perfectly (I am running the last version of WP). The developers are active bloggers so in case you would have a problem with it, you could reach them in matter of hours!

            Irune, Jim answered it. Aksimet catches genuine comments too often and unless you want to read through all your spam to make sure you don’t delete a genuine comment, you go for it.

            I think that the general opinion of everyone that I know (and I am in contact with a looooot of WP blgogers) is that GASP is the number one plugin as far as spam protection goes.

          • Will have to give it a try then. Cannot have real commenters being called spammers!
            This blog post has proven useful twice already :)

  134. Hey, nice and a very good piece of share. I like the way this has been crafted…. Just kidding. Why do we have this violent reaction to spammers? They are considered worse than most criminals. I think the reason is that we all like to be treated as human beings. As individuals. But when somebody has 1 million fake Twitter followers or Facebook friends that they do not really know aren’t we all spammers of sorts? Do we treat all our visitors with the individual respect they deserve or are they just a faceless metric?

    • Brankica says:

      I personally think of this blog as my house. And I don’t allow people to mistreat me in my house. That would be the explanation in simple words :)

      The second reason is that if I can put some time and effort in reading someone’s post and commenting on it, I expect others to do it as well. So those who don’t give a rat’s ass about all this, are just banned from here.

      I don’t think we are all spammers. Spammers take action in tricking people! They consciously do things to achieve results we all have to work hard for. Having thousands of Twitter followers is not being a spammer, taking deliberate action to trick them into clicking your low quality and maybe harmful links is what makes someone a spammer.

      • Anyways, spammers ARE CRIMINALS! They steal your time that you will never ever get back! Time is money! They are thieves. If you don’t feel that your time is money. Fine. Then Your Time is Your Life, so when they steal your time, they steal your life which is even worse. Time and Your Life that you will never ever get back. The only thing worse than spammers are people who spread viruses and malware, etc. They steal even more of you time and money!

  135. I’m using GASP, but it doesn’t seem to be totally effective.

    I’ve had better results using recaptcha, but I don’t know how easy that is to add to a WordPress site.

    I hate the generic “that was a cool post” type of comments. I’ve taken to removing the links from them so I get to keep the comment but the commenter doesn’t get their link.

    • Brankica says:

      GASP is totally effective when it comes what it was created for – blocking bot spammers. And it does it perfectly. If you are still getting spam those are real people. GASP was made for bots.

      You can put up a commenting policy to warn people not to leave those types of comments, it actually helps. As far as recaptcha goes, I know of many WP blogs using similar systems, you should check the WordPress plugin database.

  136. Brankica,
    Interesting topic for a post you really got some big attention from it so congrats for being unique and going viral with it.

    I know for a forum I run the spam registrations have become so overwhelming I likely wouldn’t find a true registered user in the mess. A lot of this is due to forum comment spamming and other automated techniques. Blogging is often very similar the gems often get lost in the noise.

    Mark

    • Brankica says:

      I think most of these people just picked up that Forum behavior and moved it to blogging.

  137. Ok Brankica, I finally made it over here to check out your blog post and let me start off by saying this:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    This gave me a good laugh. So many people leave crap comments that it’s kinda sickning. I actually read all my comments and if the comment seemed generic enough to be spam, or if it’s unrelated to the post, I automatically press DELETE (especially if it links back to a site).

    If you are going to comment on a blog post, make it relevant. It’s that simple. Anything else is a wasted link.

    Anyways, congrats on being featured on Smart Passive Income. It took me a while to get over here after connecting with you on twitter, but at least I made it ;)

  138. Hello Brankica,

    i am reading your blog these days…..i read some of your post…..some are great but i never comment…actually this is my first comment here.

    I read the whole post and most of the comments as a newbie i learned that “Don’t approve every comment in your blog”

    I have around 50 blog added in my google reader but i read a few…mostly post with a catchy title…your’s one of them…your writing style so….what can i say hmmm so readable and friendly!…SORRY i am very bad in english,I am trying to improve it.
    i like your writing style and now thinking that if i read your blog everyday my style will improve…mine is sucks :(

    like your BLOG and now waiting for your new post..
    Have a Nice Day Brankica!

    regards,
    NISH

    • Brankica says:

      Thanks so much, I really appreciate it! I try to improve English every day, but it is hard when no one is correcting you, so you think you are doing it right and then you find out you aren’t. That is what happens to me all the time. But I think you are doing great!

  139. Get em Brankica! That’s the kind of crap that gets the delete button so fast it will make your head spin. I am like you, I check their blog and really try and gauge if what they are saying actually pertains to the post at hand. From what I could see with this “groupie”, he was trying to build up his back links I guess, but either way lying about what he did or didn’t was pretty pathetic.

    I disabled my comment approval process to what I would get but so far nothing out of the ordinary that I deem “fake” or BS. Either way, I would have been annoyed if he visited me with that kind of crap too.

    It’s sad that there are people out there with their own mindless agenda, but all you can do is be “smarter then the average ass” as my grandma use to always tell me. When I leave comments, you know it because my shit is always too dam long in the first place. Put your heart in it and let the author know you liked what they had to say and mean it!

  140. At first I was reading this thinking “a little harsh!” and that it was just some guy who was new to blogging and just being a little lazy in trying to get links to his blog but he just dug himself into a deeper hole by sending you those emails with threats in them and everything!

  141. So much respect for you right now. To think it’s my first time here and I don’t normally comment blogs about blogging. You are awesome.

  142. I loved the 2nd and 4th one and I Retweeted them. No, I kid, but I would be very upset too if somebody tried to pull this s*** on my site. Good for you to deal with it professionally yet assertively.

  143. HAHAHAHAHAHA! I love that one of the comments is under “How Stupid People Can Make Money Online.” Oh, the irony.

    Anyway, this guy is clearly a human spammer and he didn’t want to admit that he was caught doing the ol’ ctrl-v. I wouldn’t even have bothered googling a comment like that; I would have just marked it as spam. The comment said nothing about the post. You have to be an effective communicator and conversationalist if you want to get anywhere in blogging. It’s not just about RTs and thumbs and likes and shares, you actually have to have a brain.

    • Brankica says:

      I agree. The reason I missed it is that my blog was new then. This was also my first blog as I am more into niche static sites. But you learn something new every day :)

  144. I can’t believe the number of comments you’ve got here. To your 300th blog comment on this post. Truly amazing networker you are!

  145. Late to the party, as usual. LOL! Thanks for this post. I see I have a LOT of work to do trimming down my comments. I did catch on to some of the bot postings a while back. For instance, anyone that calls me ‘blog owner’ is automatically deleted now, but I still need to go back and delete the old ones.

    Per your recommendations, I just installed GASP to my blog. Hopefully, that will help.

    Thank you for exposing this kind of spam.

    • Brankica says:

      I hope it will help, I mean I know it will. But you will see some crazy comments from real people even after GASP is installed… oh what they won’t do for a link!

  146. OMG! What a nerve! You gotta laugh at some point though or it eats you up. I just got asked this very night to ‘prove’ I’m psychic to a new reader! Like, no. Do one.

    I would have this dude blocked in the dashboard. I’ve only ever had to do that once, but it makes my blogging experience that much smoother.

    Kudos to you :D

    • Brankica says:

      I would handle it differently now that I am more “experienced” LOL meaning he would be blacklisted with no warning. But I have to admit this was fun :)

  147. I have some company called g21network.com spamming me every day, their comment pops up on ever new post which is published, ofcourse I spam binned the keyword but still when I visit my spam folder I see their comments are popping up meaning that they are still dropping comments on every post…. some people never learn

  148. When I saw the words “Blog Owner” I thought, “Yikes! Looks like a form letter he sends back to bloggers when someone complains.”

    This person just does not get it.

    Possibly I have been hit by this idiot as well. I very much appreciate the time you have taken to write about this and for the insight that has been shared in the comments as well. This comes to me at a good time as I have been looking for a good anti-spam plug-in. Thank-you.

  149. lol this quiet funny how he just copy and paste the same comment over all blogs.Some people don’t even read the article and they just jump to comment.
    they are backlinks hunters.Myself I prefer a quality comment or ask about something not clear on the article and backlinks come the next.

  150. Brankica,

    This was pure comedy! I am amazed constantly at the lengths that the SPAMvertisers will go to in order to catch a free ride. LOL I love your response…and well…just wow, okay?

    *insert snark-tastic chuckle here*

    I am going to check out those comment rules. I’ve had a running list of comment-ethics (my own personal code and modus operandi), but I’ve never formally put up a criteria for folks to follow…maybe I should, though. I’m not down with the vultures…

    Thanks for making this a fun subject. I’ll have my eye out for the likes of Mr. Praveen…lol

    Cat Alexandra

    • Brankica says:

      So glad you like it :) Putting up the comment policy may have helped, I don’t know, but I do know I still get some really bad ones. I recently had the same person using keywords only in the name field post 8 comments in few minutes. The worst part was that each comment was one sentence long but was definitely related to the post. I was a bit sorry, but I deleted them all.

      Also, recently, I got an email from a reader I know comments here from time to time, but he used like 5 or 6 keywords in the name field (that is really too much). I didn’t approve that comment and he sent me an email asking why his comment wasn’t up. Told him what was the problem but he never suggested the keyword removal ;) But that just tells us who is commenting for links only :)

      Welcome to my blog!!

  151. Ok, bizarre. I haven’t got any of those yet so I’m glad you put this out there so I’m aware of it if something don’t smell right.

    I have encountered a “I left a comment on yours so leave a comment on mine” which annoyed me. I leave a comment if something spoke to me. I did visit this person’s site and she wrote eloquently, I did comment and also wrote to her on linked in complimenting her writing style. Her response? “When you get a chance, please leave a comment on my blog” Sigh… If you leave a genuine comment on my blog, I will visit your blog and likely find something to say. But don’t leave a half ass comment on mine that was clearly written just to get more hits on yours! That person has been unfollowed on all social media.

    • Brankica says:

      LOL, I know the feeling. I agree with you. That type of comment won’t get her anywhere, but you know she is a real person and you know what she did, so the conclusion can only be – she doesn’t know any better. I am sure she will learn eventually, someone will tell her that is wrong :) Any time I have an extra minute, I visit some new blogs and blogs of people that left a comment here without anyone having to tell me to do it. I am with you all the way on this one, it really is annoying. Especially that she doesn’t get anything from having that one extra comment there, while at the same time she is alienating people.
      Thanks for the input on this one!

  152. This is getting more and more interesting :)
    I found your blog while looking for comparison between Aweber and Mailchimp, then noticed this post, and now I am hooked, can’t stop reading :)

    Fiverr offers services like that – backlinks from thousands of blogs. ‘Copy and paste’ ….. more spam…

    I have never heard about Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin, BIG THANKS for sharing.
    P.S. I was blown away by your ‘Aweber or MailChimp | Why Aweber Rocks and MailChimp’ doesn’t post and shared it with my Twitter followers :)