Blog Spammers


No Spam
It seems like as soon as something becomes a popular source of entertainment or communication or something that simply attracts a crowd, there’s always someone there to exploit that activity or trend for their own selfish personal reasons. Always someone trying to force something upon you that you didn’t ask for, you don’t want and that you have to spend time and money on to discard it. They try to cheat the system which ends up causing most people extra time out of their day to clean up the mess left behind by these spam trespassers. I will start by referring to postal “Junk Mail”, which should be considered the grandfather of spam. My mailbox seems to be full each and every day, yet I have chosen to go paperless with all my bills. I would guess that 90% of all Postal Mail is trashed before it’s even looked at. 90%…think about the resources it takes to deliver mail. There are trucks to haul the mail, people to sort the mail, people to deliver the mail and post offices to store the mail and the list goes on. Ask yourself this question….If the US Postal Service stopped delivering mail, how would that really affect you? You could pay your bills online, use email to send out holiday e-cards which won’t cost you $5.00 a piece, get your grocery coupons from the newspaper or online ads and now, you can even have your unemployment checks deposited directly to your bank account. I really can’t think of anything I receive in my mailbox that I couldn’t take care of faster, more securely and more efficiently by using another method or using the internet. Can you? Of course, that’s not the only type of mail that 90% of us discard without looking at. Email is another way people give you something you didn’t ask for, don’t want and that you have to spend time and money on to discard. Yes…money. You buy Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, Firewalls and Anti-Spam software to prevent from receiving Email spam and to protect you when you do. At one of my previous jobs I was responsible for supporting and maintaining their Email server. I used to run reports that would state the amount of spam vs. non-spam email we were receiving on a daily basis. It was a small company, about 30 employees, yet, altogether, they received about 5,000 emails a day. Of those 5.000 emails, approximately 4.900 were flagged as spam, that’s 98% on average. That’s unbelievable. I’m confused as to why people don’t have a problem doing this to other people and to other businesses.  Doesn’t anyone care about how they affect the next guy….NO, NOT ANY MORE.

Now, since I’m new to writing blogs and publishing them, I’m starting to learn more and more about Blog Spammers.  There are companies that provide Blog Spamming services available all over the internet.  They will spam your blogs with phony comments which includes the URL of their customer’s website.  The link to their website creates what is called a “back link” and helps to drive their customer’s site up the organic search rankings, it does nothing for you.  Their comments will say things like, and I quote, “I’ve learn some just right stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how so much effort you put to make this sort of fantastic informative website” or “I am really impressed along with your writing skills and also with the structure on your weblog.  Can’t wait for your next post” or something along those lines that is intended to stroke your ego.  These blog spammers must think we’re all idiots…like we’re going to believe those were the thoughts of someone who really meant it.  I mean, you can tell the difference between a sincere comment  and one left by someone or some program that never read the post.  Again…there’s someone trying to force something upon you that you didn’t ask for, you don’t want and that you have to spend time and money on to discard.  In my opinion, spamming someone’s blog is like going to your neighbor and saying, “Hey Bob, in addition to Bob's front Yardmine and Ted’s front lawn,  I ‘m going to be using your front lawn to sell some stuff  because I want to make it appear that I have more stuff than I really have, or that I have a larger selection then I do, so more people will come and buy from me.  There’s nothing in it for you but you will have to clean up the trash the people leave behind on a daily basis.  And, I won’t tell you when I’m going to use your property, I will just do it when ever I please…hope you’re OK with that Bob, if not, who cares, nothing you can do about it”.  The only difference is that Bob knows who’s trespassing, victims of spam do not have that luxury.

Here are some facts about spam in general:

(a) Roughly 40 percent of all e-mail traffic in the United States is comprised of unsolicited commercial e-mail advertisements (hereafter spam) and industry experts predict that by the end of 2003 half of all e-mail traffic will be comprised of spam.

(b) The increase in spam is not only an annoyance but is also an increasing drain on corporate budgets and possibly a threat to the continued usefulness of the most successful tool of the computer age.

(c) Complaints from irate business and home-computer users regarding spam have skyrocketed, and polls have reported that 74 percent of respondents favor making mass spamming illegal and only 12 percent are opposed, and that 80 percent of respondents consider spam very annoying.

(d) According to Ferris Research Inc., a San Francisco consulting group, spam will cost United States organizations more than ten billion dollars ($10,000,000,000) this year, including lost productivity and the additional equipment, software, and manpower needed to combat the problem. California is 12 percent of the United States population with an emphasis on technology business, and it is therefore estimated that spam costs California organizations well over 1.2 billion dollars ($1,200,000,000).

(e) Like junk faxes, spam imposes a cost on users, using up valuable storage space in e-mail inboxes, as well as costly computer band width, and on networks and the computer servers that power them, and discourages people from using e-mail.

(f) Spam filters have not proven effective.

(g) Like traditional paper “junk” mail, spam can be annoying and waste time, but it also causes many additional problems because it is easy and inexpensive to create, but difficult and costly to eliminate.

(h) The “cost shifting” from deceptive spammers to Internet business and e-mail users has been likened to sending junk mail with postage due or making telemarketing calls to someone’s pay-per-minute cellular phone.

(i) Many spammers have become so adept at masking their tracks that they are rarely found, and are so technologically sophisticated that they can adjust their systems to counter special filters and other barriers against spam and can even electronically commandeer unprotected computers, turning them into spam-launching weapons of mass production.

(j) There is a need to regulate the advertisers who use spam, as well as the actual spammers, because the actual spammers can be difficult to track down due to some return addresses that show up on the display as “unknown” and many others being obvious fakes and they are often located offshore.

(k) The true beneficiaries of spam are the advertisers who benefit from the marketing derived from the advertisements.

(l) In addition, spam is responsible for virus proliferation that can cause tremendous damage both to individual computers and to business systems.

We as a society have become too complacent.  Instead of putting these trespassers out of business….we create a “Junk E-Mail” or “Spam” folder in our Email programs to accommodate them.  The only way to stop people from using spam as an advertising technique is to get them to care that their methods affects the bottom line of other businesses and is a nuisance  to society in general…instead of only caring about themselves and how they can use others to get ahead.

-E. White-

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About E. White
Website Developer / IT Support Specialist • Professional Website Designs • Custom WordPress Themes • Flash Banners / Portfolios • Full Web Development Solution Provider Also, Support Windows Based Network Environments. 20 Plus Years of Experience. • Located in Los Angeles / Orange Co, CA

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