The 8th Habit (An Open Letter To Lovely Spammers)

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A few months ago, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post on 7 habits of highly effective travel blog stalkers. Ironically enough, people started stalking me after that, which made me feel happy since I am an attention whore.

This has however increased the number of spam comments I’ve received. I didn’t mind at first because I found it flattering that spammers would choose my blog over literally, millions of other blogs out there. I did eventually grow tired of comments such as “Hey I just had a threesome. Check out www.beautifulbustybabes.com”. I mean, really? I was writing about how I didn’t get any hugs for a month and you just needed to rub it in my face that you had relations with two well-endowed women? That’s low. You don’t see me going to porn sites, posting comments like “Hey I was just drunk in Mykonos today. Check out my travel blog.”

Even worse, I’ve recently noticed a new generation of spammers. I call them Lovely Spammers. These guys actually write nice, thoughtful comments but then post links to completely irrelevant commercial sites. For example: “Looks like you had a great time in Riga. I would love to visit the Baltics one day. My recent post: Buy some shitty software which is probably a virus.”
Why the mixed signals? I thought we had a special connection.

I added the CommentLuv plug-in to help promote my fellow bloggers and because I like reading about other people’s adventures. It was never my intention to turn it into a seedy black-market where people could peddle their dubious wares or use my blog like a whore for SEO purposes (I mean it’s bad enough already that I do it myself with Google Adwords). Therefore after much deliberation, I’ve decided that I will delete (and have deleted) all comments which use a business name instead of a human name or advertises a recent post which is clearly pointless or spammy. I’m not trying to be an asshole, I’m trying to save your effort. Note: This does not affect 99.9% of my commenters (I :heart: you).

So what is the 8th Habit? It is Hide Your Junk. Would you visit someone’s house to say hi, then on your way out take a dump on their couch? (I hope not!) Well, that’s how it feels when someone writes a lovely comment but then take a virtual shit by promoting their business/ebook/salad-tossing services. How about this for an idea: use a real name, and don’t use the recent post feature if it’s a commercial post. Then if the comment is relevant, you have a good chance it’ll stay up and you still benefit from your name being linked to your homepage. Because you know, I still like the attention.

How do you deal with Lovely Spammers?

About Me


In 2004, I sold everything I owned and left New Zealand to go see the world. In that time, I've run with bulls in Pampolona, watched the Man burn at Black Rock City, volunteered at a special-needs summer camp in New York, hosted & couchsurfed with 100+ people, taught English in Prague, trained with Muay Thai fighters in Phuket, worked on 5 different cruise ships, hugged strangers on streets in 7 countries and this one time, I even hitchhiked naked (but that was back home, so that doesn't really count). I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2012, to embark on new adventures. It's nice here, I think I may stay awhile! Let's connect: @roymarvelous, facebook & RSS.



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  • http://www.100mileshighway.com Katherina

    I´m not sure I´ve ever had any of these, but these sound specially "dangerous"! So kind… and then a smack, right in your face! ah… they're evolving…
    Btw. I just noticed the really cute buttons you've got on your right side – new? Love them!
    My recent post Picture This: A Blue Sky in London

    • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com Roy Marvelous

      Thanks Katherina, they are new from 3 months ago ;)

  • http://www.lifechangingyear.com Tracey

    Hahaha. I get these daily on a site that I haven't bothered with in a while! Last night I cleared them all and there were 119!! The politeness of them makes me laugh. For a while I was approving them so others could have a giggle but now it's just another chore!!
    My recent post Packaged Tours – Can you live without them?

    • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com Roy Marvelous

      I know, the politeness makes me feel bad for deleting them too!

  • http://outsidedarwin.blogspot.com/ Amanda

    well I'm not cool enough, obviously. And I have been stalking you lately :D
    My recent post Fell asleep with a smile on my face.

    • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com Roy Marvelous

      Yay for non-spammer stalkers :P

  • http://www.baconismagic.ca Ayngelina

    Akismet gets most of them but every once in a while a smart spammer gets through, but I appreciate the comments that tell me how wonderful I am!
    My recent post Pack this, not that

    • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com Roy Marvelous

      Right. A compliment is a compliment!

  • http://www.novacationrequired.com Caanan @ NVR

    Wait. You mean all those compliments are spam?
    My recent post NVR 101 – Visiting Africa

    • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com Roy Marvelous

      I know. Hurts huh?

  • http://www.chickybus.com Lisa @chickybus

    Funny/interesting post–I get a kick out of the spammers (even though they're annoying at times.) I wrote about them, recently, too (10 Blog Comment Spammer Types.)

    I've gotten the "lovely spammers" on occasion (as well as the usual pharma dudes and sociopaths). They talk travel and then link back to an online casino. I like the 8th habit/your advice–it makes sense!
    My recent post 10 Types of Spammers and Why They’re All Evil Cyber Spawn

    • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com Roy Marvelous

      That reminds me, I should start an online casino…

  • http://www.travelfunnytravellight.blogspot.com Claire

    ha…i subscribe to your blog via email and when I tried to click on it from my work computer (I work at a middle school) to leave a comment, a very black screen came up saying my access was denied due to "pornographic content." You know, 'cuz they frown upon that in middle school. So if I get fired over this, I'm blamin' YOU. All you. But maybe then I will just get a job on a cruise ship ;)
    My recent post I Am Giving Away Some Lost Girls. Do You Want Them?

  • http://www.travelfunnytravellight.blogspot.com Claire

    ha…i subscribe to your blog via email and when I tried to click on it from my work computer (I work at a middle school) to leave a comment, a very black screen came up saying my access was denied due to "pornographic content." You know, 'cuz they frown upon that in middle school. So if I get fired over this, I'm blamin' YOU. All you. But maybe then I will just get a job on a cruise ship ;)
    My recent post I Am Giving Away Some Lost Girls. Do You Want Them?

    • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com Roy Marvelous

      Pornographic content?! What a bunch of prudes huh.

  • intrepidtraveller

    HEAR HEAR to that! I have actually stopped getting spam comments lately…no idea why really but I used to get loads. Mainly the lovely spam variety such as "Great post, but I Think it would be better if you let me help you..**insert shitty product here**.
    My recent post (Not) Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon…