I understand that spam is a lucrative market, I don’t understand why it is a lucrative market, but it is—somehow.
I realize that this post may seem like ranting—and it is—but I have some questions for all you smart people out there. Read on.
We all know that there are lots of kinds of spam, most familiar is the kind that comes in email—cash our totally legitimate check and send us only 10% of the money and you can keep the rest!—but in starting this blog I’ve been introduced to a new kind of spam. Comment spamming.
Now, I know that some people will abuse anything they can to make money or mess with people, sadly it’s just a fact of nature, and I knew that this blog would potentially become a target for such spam, but I still don’t understand spam in the slightest. (By the way, I really like the Akismet plugin, 300 pieces of spam blocked in less than six months.)
Bruce, you know who you are, you probably don’t really read this blog but I’m going to write you anyway. You repeated someone else’ comments as your own in order to propagate your site. At first I thought your comments were legitimate, they did seem familiar, but legitimate. Shame on you.
Okay, rant over. Here are my questions: I really just don’t understand spam and I’m hoping someone out there can explain it to me. We know it works or no one would send it. So why, when everyone hates it, is it successful? Also, who actually believes spam and sends people they don’t know cash, or goes to their site, or sends them passwords?
This baffles me beyond words.