Of late, many bloggers here in South Africa have come under an intense wave of comment spam attacks. One of my yet-incomplete blogs (BlogForge) has suffered a similar fate, with over 20 spam comments in less than a day - a lot, for a blog that is virtually unknown.
I wonder what’s caused this sudden outburst? Maybe email spam has become less effective over the years, and now they’re looking for new ways to use that incredible server power? Given that most spam links point to unintelligible sites at best, could it be a play at improving PR/Alexa values for some sites, by generating massive amounts of incoming links?
Site Map I doubt whether there are large numbers of people out there that do most of their online shopping via spam emails that they recieve. Search marketing is easier, highly accurate, effective, and growing - which would make SPAM the low end of the long tail (and an annoying one at best). Are these spammers trying to prove something, or do they just enjoy making noise for the sheer sake of being able to say they do?
Or maybe there’s another answer we haven’t seen yet. What do you think?