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Unusual Spam

Careful! This post is looking a little old and could be inaccurate in many, many ways

Last week I received an interesting comment on my post about Google Chrome OS:

Spam comment

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As you can probably tell it’s a rather unusual comment, and one I had initially planned to approve and reply to. The more I thought about it however the more I wondered if it was actually spam. Sure it has no links and the fake name could be someone scared of the repercussions of such an opinion but the language just didn’t seem right.

Some of what was written didn’t seem to fit with a response aimed at a particular post, instead it appeared to be very general, and it seems 1,910 Google results confirm my theory.

The unusual thing is what I’ve already mentioned and that is the lack of links. Most comment spam is trying to add links to a site with no spam filtering in the aim of improving Google rankings or possibly gain traffic direct from the link. This spam has no link at all, so what’s the point?

The only thing I can think of is it’s about reputation management and someone is trying to weaken peoples opinion of Google. If this is the goal of the comment it’s an interesting approach but not one that’s likely to succeed. Firstly Google is a giant on the Internet and comment spam alone isn’t going to sway many opinions, but even if it did become a big deal I’m sure Google could easily deal with it. The most extreme solution, that would justifies the view of the comment, is that Google could remove all rankings of pages/sites with this comment on. This is likely to wipe out a huge amount of potential traffic that would see this comment.

So if you have this comment on your site I’d recommend you remove it, no matter its purpose it won’t be doing your site any good.