Tom Sanders SEO – A Bottom Feeding Specialist

imageOver the last 60 days or so, comment spam here has taken a huge jump. Not a big deal you might suppose – after all, with one or two clicks the damn stuff can be deleted. With 400 or more spam comments every day, I find that deletion is the only sane solution. Taking as little as 10 seconds to peruse each spam comment, would add roughly one hour of unproductive activity to an already full day.

So, the solution to this aggravation is simple enough (or, so it seems) – but, the downside to hitting the “Empty Spam” button is an increased risk of seemingly ignoring a reader’s comment which has been spam trapped. In terms of “blogging sins” – ignoring a reader’s comment, ranks well up on the list of grievous offenses.

The screen capture shown below (taken from my blog’s Dashboard several weeks ago), shows 259 spam comments awaiting moderation.

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I have little doubt, that trapped within these fake comments (such as the one shown below), were bona fide readers’ comments which (as they normally do), would have expanded the scope of the relevant article. The power of reader comments to enhance, and round out an article, is a key feature of blogging in my estimation.

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Which brings me to Tom Sanders (if that’s his real name). Tom is in the business of pissing people off. Tom, like so many of his competitors in the search engine optimization (SEO) business, is an unethical twit – a parasitic ignoramus who is content to feed off, and potentially damage, the works of others.

Sanders, and others like him, ignore the impact their SEO schemes (as illustrated in the following email dated October 13), are likely to have on web content providers. Slimy, sleazy practices, such as this, inevitably lead to an onslaught of spam email which the content provider is then forced to deal with.

Tom Sanders tom193@seo-service.com to me (show details 6:32 AM (47 minutes ago)

Hi,

My name is Tom and I am a link builder. I sell blog comment links for website owners at low price.

Blog comment links can help you in a number of ways. Here are three major advantages:

– Increase link and IP popularity
– Direct traffic to your site
– Higher rankings in search engines

I can do thousands of blog comment links for your site in a couple of days, and they get indexed very fast. If you would like more details about my offer, or would like to ask me anything you’d like regarding this matter, then feel free to reply with a YES.

Best regards,
Tom

Normally, I wouldn’t bother writing an article on what might be perceived to be a “so what” internal issue. Except, my good buddy Michael F., questioned me this morning as to whether I was knowingly rejecting his comments. Which, immediately raised the question – “how many other readers have encountered the same ‘rejection’ issue?”

If you have commented here, and then failed to receive an acknowledgement from me, please accept my apology. Tom Sanders (in reality, just another cyber criminal), and his leech-like SEO industry operatives, have created a bottleneck in the free flow of reader comments. Another obstacle to overcome – created by the marginal morons who slither through the Internet.

Just a passing note – There are bloggers (known to me), who regularly post “edited” spam comments passed off as legitimate comments. Sleeping with the enemy just about covers that. You (and you know who you are), need to give your head a shake.

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15 Comments

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15 responses to “Tom Sanders SEO – A Bottom Feeding Specialist

  1. Sorry to hear you have to deal with this garbage, Bill. You provide an excellent service, and as far as technical blogs go, the comments are of a very high caliber. It’s too bad you have to pay the price for the greed and abuse from the Tom Sanders’ of the world.
    On behalf of your loyal readers, thanks for persevering.

    • Hey Darryl,

      Totally agree – the comments here are a cut above the average. Even new users, I’ve noted, have an above average enthusiasm. I’ve watched over the last 4 years, as new users, in many cases, have become dynamite techies. Being part of that has been a joyful experience.

      The Tom Sanders’ of the world really annoy me – they presume to interfere with my hobby, for their monetary gain. Something not quite right about that. 🙂

      I appreciate your supportive comment Darryl. Thank you.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. Bill,

    I too have noticed the increase in the comment spam and I’m with you on this “all the way”…

    Rick

    • Hey Rick,

      I’m not surprised in the least. As a popular blogger, you’re a prime target for this type of underhanded behavior. I’m sure that you must find it as frustrating to deal with as I do.

      A secondary purpose in writing this article was to show readers that everyone (no matter the skill level), has to deal with harassment (in one form or another), on the Internet.

      I would have spun this point into the article, but instead (time being a factor), I caught the last available OCZ Vertex Series SATA II 2.5″ SSD 60GB at my computer store – on sale for $79 ($26 less than the wholesale cost!) Couldn’t pass it up. And, I know that you know that feeling. 🙂

      Planning on getting an article up on this in the next week or so.

      As always, I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

      Best,

      Bill

  3. g

    Since I don’t blog much these days, my spam content is minimal. I also have my comments set to automatic. I do make an effort to only allow comments that are relevant and will give the boot to anyone who sneaks through (spam).

    Hope all is well in the Great White North Bill! Always look forward to reading you on a daily basis.

    • Hey G,

      Whenever you comment, I get to see your big smiling face – always gives me a lift. Smiles really are contagious. 🙂

      The Great White North will soon be even whiter, as we get ready for the Winter. Bah!!

      Best,

      Bill

  4. Hey Bill,

    So does he somehow make money off of this type of thing? or does he do it for the twisted enjoyment out of it? I never really understood the motivation of the spammer unless it’s similar to the UK Lottery emails where if they can get one or two people to give them their info or pay something, that’s all their looking for.

    I’m sorry you have to go through all that, but I for one appreciate what you do on a daily basis.

    And here all this time, I thought you were just deleting my comments 😛

    TeX

    • Hey TeX,

      Money is the driver alright. Even a “tiny” response to the offer is enough to generate muchos dinero.

      Best,

      Bill

      P.S.

      So now you know – I was scrubbing your comments. 🙂

  5. On the ‘up side’ this gave you an opportunity to call attention to another aspect of web and pc maintenance and security. You know… silver lining and all that. Keep up the great work. 🙂

    • Hey Wendell,

      You’re right – there is a silver lining. I see it flashing somewhere in the background. 🙂

      Great to hear from one of the “original” regular readers. Hope all is well with you.

      Best,

      Bill

  6. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    I’m pretty much the same with my spam email, just click delete. Having had the same Hotmail account for over 12 years now, many idiots have obtained the address and bombard me with rubbish. But hey, sometimes some of them are so pathetic I have a good laugh and then get on with my day.
    Your site is one of my first visits of the day, so good on you for having patience and just keep on pressing that old delete button.
    An afterthought: is Tom related to Colonel Sanders. That would make sense because chickens are full of crap too.
    Cheers

    • Hey Mal,

      ROTFL!!!!

      You didn’t tell you you had been to comedy school. Very funny. That’s 2 zingers this week that had me ROTFL.

      Yeah, I’m getting a chance to practice my non-existent “patience” skills. So far, I’m surprising the hell out of myself. 🙂

      I know it’s tomorrow in Oz, so have a cool “rest of the weekend.”

      Best,

      Bill

    • Hey Mal,

      ROTFL!!!

      You didn’t tell me you had been to comedy school. Very funny. That’s 2 zingers this week that had me ROTFL.

      Yeah, I’m getting the chance to practice my non-existent “patience” skills. So far, I’m surprising the hell out of myself. 🙂

      Best,

      Bill

  7. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    It seems to be a fact of life that, if you are successful and/or popular, someone either wants to take you down or profit from your success. The fact that you have to pay by wasting time on this scumspam sucks big time. The fact that you are prepared to do so, in order to avoid “ignoring” a single commenter says everything about you.

    If there is any justice you’ll get your reward in heaven and the Mr Sanders of this world will rot in the other place.

    Kind regards
    John

    • Hi John,

      Parasitic lifeforms are the way of the world, I suppose. Still, I wouldn’t mind meeting Sanders, and the like, in a dark alley. Hell, even broad daylight would do nicely. 🙂

      Best,

      Bill