Sometimes spam is funny

6 thoughts on “Sometimes spam is funny”

  1. I’ve seen this around many times. There are entire web pages of this crap. I’m pretty sure it’s for the search engine spiders. There are phrases in here designed to get a high ranking on specific pages with specific tags and specific search terms. I’ve suspected for some time that this might actually be part of a larger experiment by some search engine optimization hacks to learn the best techniques for generating the tags on specific pages. They simply spam the internet with their crap and then keep track of it in a database. Then they have a program run automated searches for their terms and see which pages get returned. Sometimes some of the returns are from their spam pages. When this happens, they track the time (giving them the time it took the search engine to spider and update the page) and the rank (giving them a metric for calculating what algorithm is being used to determine the rank).

    It’s sort of like shooting at targets in the dark with a shotgun, and then seeing what you get based on the number of holes in the paper. Keep doing it, and eventually you start getting hits. The goal is to be able to calculate the direction to aim in the fewest possible shots.

    1. This one, then, is a bit more camouflaged than most I’ve seen, in that it looks like someone with broken English was trying to write something about cooking with potatoes. Usually the ones I get that are full of search terms and tags are obviously that — long lists of unrelated search terms — “building ocean brick horse television street hamburger rocket verve,” etc. This one actually made sense occasionally.

      1. Yes, and I think this is something that the bots have been programmed to look for. The search engines are getting smarter. If they come across a bunch of nouns with no verbs or conjunctions or particles, they’re beginning to ignore it and flag the content as potential spam. Pretty cool.

... and that's my two cents