Questions on Spam

Has anybody ever, seen spam left on a blog and followed the link and purchased sometime/become a regular visitor of the website in question?

How much does a spambot randomly commenting on blogs cost to run and what success rate do they need to be economical? Because e-mail spam seems to only generate 1 response per 12,500,000 emails.

My spam folder is continually clogged with Viagra adverts; do spam bots know something about my readership that I don’t?

Thank you for any comments you may have.


3 thoughts on “Questions on Spam

  1. The main reason is to get links to their website from other websites. People actually clicking on them is counterproductive since it means they might notice it’s got nothing to do with the site and report it, which is why you see so many “This is a generic great post and I really but generically thought it was excellent.” posts with a link hidden away somewhere.

    The economics are somewhat different.

  2. It’s about google PR. Page rank.

    If there’s a link from this site to another one then Google thinks that other site is more important than a site without such a link. It thus is higher in the google search results than one without such a link.

    Thus link spam in comments sections.

    However, both WordPress and Blogger now automatically put “nofollow” into links in comments sections meaning that such links don’t count for PR purposes. It should eventuially die out.

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