Flood of long (semi) related, suspicious comments to my blog posts.

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This week I have noticed an influx of comments on my family oriented blog. They are clearly written by the same person (or a group of people) as they appear within 1-2 hours and then stop. This would be obviously a sign of a spam, but there are no links in them.

Also, they are all fairly long and many of them are actually very much related to the topic but then there are some, that are totally off topic.

Also, many of the comments seem to be unique, but some are exact copies of text from other websites.

And websites the author(s) link to are a variety of Facebook profiles. These are not links inside the comments, but just regular links that user submit along with their email address and name.

Each of the Facebook profiles is private, I cannot view the wall or anything about the person behind the profile (and there are no profile images either).

Anyone experienced these type of comments? And what's the purpose of submitting them?

BTW, I hold all comments for moderation so none of them was actually published, yet they just keep coming.

But if there's no link.... is it maybe some black hat tactic to get my site penalized? Or maybe a hacking attempt?

I know, I may be a bit paranoid, but I just don't understand the reason and purpose of these comments. Any ideas?
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  • Profile picture of the author yaheem
    I would be paranoid as well. Yes copying content from other sites to yours is either to harm your site or to harm the site they're copying from. Or it could be something else but doesn't sound good. So if I were you I wouldn't approve them because even the unique ones might be copied from a site that you just didn't happen to find it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Palusko
    Thanks. One other thing I noticed now is, that most of the posts use some very strange misspelling. Definitely not a usual typos. For example "My doctor eemocmendrd it"; "cnickilg on the front"; "the moisture is cniomg from". Clearly, this is deliberate, but what is it they are trying to accomplish?
    Also, each post leads to a different dummy Facebook profile and each has different email address, so they are trying to look as regular independent people. It just puzzles what is that person (or a group) up to...
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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    Have you p*ssed anyone off who might want to harm your site by posting copied content in the comments? I can't see what other reason there would be to spam your site if there aren't links. Hmmm...
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    • Profile picture of the author Palusko
      don't think I pissed anyone that much. Plus, I only registered the domain 2 months ago, so it is a new site. However, the domain was registered before and dropped, so yeah, it could have something to do with the previous owner.


      Originally Posted by Tadresources View Post

      Have you p*ssed anyone off who might want to harm your site by posting copied content in the comments? I can't see what other reason there would be to spam your site if there aren't links. Hmmm...
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Guzman
    Nowaday you can't be too careful about the people that post stuff on your blog. It can be a sign of spam. But some people do not put anchor text, they simply put their websites on their names. Is that happening?

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    • Profile picture of the author Palusko
      Instead of the website, they put a link to a dummy Facebook profile pages. There are no links to any actual websites.

      Originally Posted by Alex Guzman View Post

      Nowaday you can't be too careful about the people that post stuff on your blog. It can be a sign of spam. But some people do not put anchor text, they simply put their websites on their names. Is that happening?

      Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author jdkesler
    It may be a hack gone awry.
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    • Bizarre spelling is a known technique.

      They spam many, many blogs, then check Google a few days later for the misspelled words. That's how they find auto-approve blogs.

      Then they spam the crap out of them. Nice.

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      • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        Bizarre spelling is a known technique.

        They spam many, many blogs, then check Google a few days later for the misspelled words. That's how they find auto-approve blogs.

        Then they spam the crap out of them. Nice.

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      • Profile picture of the author Palusko
        I see! Thanks, I bet this is it.

        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        Bizarre spelling is a known technique.

        They spam many, many blogs, then check Google a few days later for the misspelled words. That's how they find auto-approve blogs.

        Then they spam the crap out of them. Nice.

        fLufF
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  • Profile picture of the author SuzanneH
    Also, some blogs are set to skip the comment moderation process if a previous comment by the commenter has been approved. So, they could be hoping you approve it (sans link) and then they hit you with comments with links after you approve the first comment.

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayhew
    I'm getting alot of these to from .pl, .ru
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