Having been actively blogging on WordPress for ~2.5 years, I’ve gotten my share of commercial offers via comments on my blog post. Actually, snake oil salesmen also like to employ the twin strategies of ‘liking’ blog posts and ‘following’ blogs to get people’s attention… both of which I simply ignore.
As far as comments with advertisements go, they generally fall into three categories:
- The direct appeal: Some commercial comments are straightforward – they don’t bother relating to the blog posts that they’re posted on. Rather, they simply contain advertisements with email addresses and phone numbers for me to contact, should I be enticed by their generous offers.
- Content’less comments: Some advertisers will post comments on my blog posts that clearly lack any substance. This could be something like the word “cool” and nothing more. The intent with such comments is simply to draw my attention to their blogs and to potentially draw the attention of my readers, should I foolishly approve the comment.
- Hidden links in comments: Some advertisers will insert a link into their comments by linking a particular word in an otherwise reasonable comment. They might write something like, “This is really interesting; thank you!” In and of itself, such a comment seems fine, but the word “interesting” contains a link to a commercial website.
Of course, I don’t let any of these comments through. Many of them are caught by WordPress’s spam filter, and still others catch my own eye; but all of them get ‘blocked’ and ‘deleted’ tout de suite. (Incidentally, if you’d like to know how to block someone from commenting on your blog, check out this blogging tip of mine: ‘#10: Dealing with spam on WordPress’.)
The most memorable offers thus far
I think it would be fun to share the craziest offers that we’ve received on our blogs.
Some of the offers I’ve received have been banal, including sales of fashionable men’s clothes; yoga and meditation workshops; jewelry; art; video games and technological gadgets; etc.; etc.
However, other offers have left me chuckling at their absurdity – they’ve been off the wall! I was reminded of these recently, because I recently received a wave of ridiculous spam comments. These have included:
- Illuminati membership;
- Ukrainian brides (that was before the war);
- Asian gurus who can cure all ailments;
- Offers to invest in foreign business ventures;
- Cream to grow back my hair (how do they know I’m bald?);
- Offers of money to spread the Gospel of Jesus;
- Pay to turn my blog into a ‘Money Maker’;
- Cryptocurrency investment
How about you guys? What kinds of crazy spam have you received on WordPress?