No, not you! I bet your initial take was that you were thinking “is he talking about me?” But no, I’m referring to the hundreds of website owners and other bloggers who have no better way to attract visitors to their site, so they must hack another site with bogus comments – and most times with a linkback to their site. Some of these sites are bogus sites or they can be adult related and simply try to attract business their way through trickery.
I have received hundreds of these since beginning my Retired in Samar Blog, and this is after I have taken some precautions to prevent them from showing up. The only other way to stop the unwanted visitors is to disable commenting on my site but then I would lose the intent of this site…to provide the sharing of comments and experiences for those folks interested in moving abroad, and more specifically to the Philippines.
Some of the comments I get make absolutely no sense and some are just idiotic, which makes me wonder who in the world is doing the writing. The grammar is so bad sometimes it is how I can easily identify the bogus comments such as this one: “Thanks a lot for sharing this with all people you actually recognize what you are speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Kindly also discuss with my website =).”
and this one, which is a response to a Notice to Foreigners article I posted back in February – “One can find surely a
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As you can see, these comments are almost sensless and have no contexual meaning to the article they are commenting on. I mean really, who talks like this (unless maybe it is written in a foreign language and translated by Google Translate before it is posted). Some days I can spend several minutes sending these to the spam or trash folder in frustration, and other days like today, I read some and they just make me chuckle and think that at least I am smarter than some of the idiots that write these things….at least my English is better!
Now I wonder how many stupid responses I will get from this article. I guess I’ll just wait and see.