Why Are SEOers Still Spam Commenting?

Who in their right mind still uses spam commenting as a way of promoting a website and “helping” it’s SEO?

I don’t know the answer to that question. To me, and virtually everyone I know that works in search engine optimisation, Google’s Penguin update killed off most of the use of spammy comment tools.

And yet, I just took the following screenshot from the dashboard of this blog:

Spam comments to StuartLangridge.com

And this screenshot is from another (much smaller) blog:

Spam comments screenshot

Both of these sites run on WordPress as you can see. Those comments have come through despite both blogs using both Akismet and Bad Behavior plugins. I am moving up a notch now and using the Disable Comments plugin across many of my pages and urls.

The amazing thing for me is that neither blog is really very strong, they are not obvious targets for mountains of automated spam commenting.

It suggests to me that there are still a great many people working in and around internet marketing that have not learned the lessons that Google was trying to teach with the Panda and Penguin updates. I think the best that we can hope for is that they do not build these links to our own sites and they avoid client sites as well.

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