Gimme a Link and I’ll Stop Spamming Ya
Patrick Altoft of Blogstorm noticed the World’s Worst Link Exchange Request and asked “whats worse than a link exchange email?” Well, I’ve got a very strong candidate for you. How about a link exchange request delivered through the medium of comment spam requesting follow up on IM. Today I logged into WordPress to approve comments and found this unakismetted comment from someone named, Richard:
hello, my name is Richard and I know you get a lot of spammy comments,
I can help you with this problem. I know a lot of spammers and I will ask them not to post on your site. It will reduce the volume of spam by 30-50%. In return Id like to ask you to put a link to my site on the index page of your site. The link will be small and your visitors will hardly notice it, its just done for higher rankings in search engines. Contact me icq [removed] or write me [removed], i will give you my site url and you will give me yours if you are interested. thank you
I just may approve this comment after all :)
Update from Richard 9-10-07: This may be the first case of someone achieving celebrity status through spam. This time we see the human side of Richard the Spammer as he introduces his wife, “Dosia,” confesses his guilt and appeals to our sense of hope…
Hello guys ! This is Richard again,
Im here again to help you solve the comment spam problem, I got tons of emails and wasnt able to help all of you but Ill do my best. I am a very nice guy actually, and I want to save the internet world! As I told you I know a lot of spammers because my wife Dosia and I work at a large link spam company. When I saw the blogs, guestbooks and forums full of spammy links I was shocked! I wanted to stop this pest, and I know there is a note book in the office where these techniques are kept secret. Im trying hard to find this secret book. As soon as I find it Ill tell you guys how to prevent the spam comments. Im in danger now guys because my boss will spank me hard for this if he finds out I want to ruin his business! I feel very guilty because these people gave a job for us and we are ruining their business. I know they have a website and they look for links thats why i asked you for a link to their site for me not to feel so guilty and do something good for them too. My wife and I will probably be fired :( But we are ready for this to save you. Thank you guys, dont worry, Ill help all of you. Please believe me and our dream will come true.
From Richard and Dosia with love. icq [removed]
I can confirm that the both messages came from the same IP address. I can’t wait to see what Richard says next time!