Week 8: Watch Out for Spam!

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Oops! Posting the lesson a little late this week. As we near the end of our homeschool blogging class semester, we want to spend as much time as possible working on our blogs. But still, we have a few things left to learn. Today we will talk about how to recognize a spam comment. But first, let’s warm up our brains with some editing practice…

Editing Practice

We’re skipping ahead to talk about overused words. Watch out for words like awesome. You can use them, if you like, but be sure to also use more vivid, specific words to explain what you mean. WHY is the orangutan awesome?

Orally in Class: pages 54-55.

Watch Out for Comment Spam!

This week’s lesson: How can you recognize Comment Spam? Look at my earlier article about how spammers try to trick you into posting links to their blogs:

  • They will write complimentary platitudes, to see if they can sweet-talk you into letting them on your blog.
  • Or they will ask vague questions, to flatter you by making you think they want your advice.

Don’t be fooled! If you think the comment is real, then check the website link. Does it go to an actual blog, or just to an advertising site? If it’s not a real blog, then mark the comment as spam!

Lately, I’ve been hit with a rash of international spam, which is pretty funny because they use an automatic translator. Watch out for comments like these:

  • “Actually genuinely great weblog article which has received me considering. I by no means looked at this from the stage of look at.”
  • “hello!This was a really outstanding post! I come from milan, I was luck to approach your Topics in wordpress Also I obtain much in your blog really thank your very much i will come every day”
  • And this spammer was particularly wordy: “Commend the websites is not easy. Competition is blow-by-blow high. In any result, the day one of merit and winsome snare location does not blasphemous language its success. People indigence to rough take to her. And there is no easier means of advertising and search engine. You nothing but desideratum to engagement in them. How to flee to drugged positions? Primitive of all, you underlying to greenhorn an optimal purlieus seeking search engines. Then evolve into as luxuriant entering links to this page. Such links can perhaps harm such as net directories. Where to determine these directories?”

To the Computers

Did you set any goals for this month? Let’s get to work on them!


Homework is easy this week:

  • Work on a blog post.
  • Visit at least one classmate’s blog and leave an encouraging comment.

“Extra Credit”: Challenge Yourself to Blog

If you missed Blogging Challenge #5, there were plenty of things to try in that one. This week’s Blogging Challenge #6 has THE GAME:

The Game: Those who have taken part in a challenge before know the game of ‘Count Out Three’. Here are the instructions:

* click on a blog on the student list – count one
* now click on a blog from their blogroll – count two
* finally click on a blog from that blogroll – count three

Leave a comment on an interesting post at this blog.

Do this activity at least three times and finally, write your own post saying which blogs you visited and what posts you left a comment on. Why did you choose that post? Remember to include a link back to the post you left a comment on so that student gets a pingback.

Sounds like fun!

6 responses to “Week 8: Watch Out for Spam!

  • Katelyn

    i LOVE the new theme! Looks so clean and professional!

  • TeacherMom

    Thank you. I think I like this one, too. Although it’s strange to hear a theme named “Grunge” called “clean”! 😀

  • Climbing Gecko

    One VERY long spam comment made no sense. Here’s an exerpt: “If you assume skim my pattern posts, there is nothing creative in these reports. The Massachusetts sea-chart, which includes an Obama-like trust mandate, has increased the flood of insured, in general unity growing secondary adults. Granting, it has also resulted in crowded danger rooms, increased waits, and higher costs.” And another: “I pattern order and testament also be examining an leading and definitely not still discussed complexion of American healthcare the surprising amount of resources, length and fervid travail Americans give to worthless or even-tempered poisonous practices, what I form last wishes as and testament bid the responsibility of false impression in healthcare. More to come.”

    So… I have no idea what the spambot was trying to say.

  • TeacherMom

    Me, neither! I think it was just trying to fool the spam filter into thinking it was real by scrambling actual words into a pre-programmed sentence structure. Didn’t work, however, because I found this one in my spam folder. The spambots are pretty smart, but most of the time Akismet is smarter.

  • Tatiana

    Your spam comments are funny! I have yet to receive any myself (knock on wood)!

    ….also, I like your new look, too!

  • TeacherMom

    This blog is small enough not to get too much spam, maybe 3-4 per week, and Akismet almost always catches them. My math blog is a much bigger target and therefore attracts all sorts of junky stuff, so some of the above were actually “borrowed” spam.