I don't know about anyone else, but I've seen a sudden increase in the number of spam comments being submitted to my blog posts. This started about a month ago, and it just keeps getting worse. It seems I have a spam comment every day, and never on the same blog post or from the same spammer. It is a growing annoyance.
Basically, this is what happens; someone submits a comment, often in broken English, saying something like "Wow, you blog is some good. You give me insight I never had before on this subject. You really nailed it. I love to read about you, hope to share good word. Visit my website: ~stupidspamshop." Sometimes they get more creative with their praise, talking about how I've changed their outlook, or "You have tackled this subject so well," never giving specifics about the post they're supposedly commenting on, just a typical cookie cutter response they must throw down on a thousand different blog posts each day, hoping to promote their online pharmacy or other venture.
This is one of the main reasons I have "comments by approval" set on my blog. When someone posts a comment, I have to approve it before it gets out there for all to see. This means that dumbass spam artists don't get any exposure when they submit a post that is nothing more than bad advertising. Nobody but me will ever see that comment, and guess what. I'm not buying.
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate self promotion, and when someone actually visits the blog and gives a serious reply, I don't mind if they share a link to their own blog or writing website. However, I don't accept people spamming the blog, having never even read the post they're responding to, on the vain hope that someone might buy whatever crap they're peddling. It is discourteous and has no place being attached to any of my posts.
Well, that's enough for this rant. Now to sit back and read the onslaught of spam replies trying to sell me male enhancement products and cheap nick-knacks. How glorious that will be!