During my brief holiday break from blogging, I didn’t expect an influx of comments on Candy’s Monsters. So when I saw a comment “pending moderation” I was curious. It turned out to be SPAM, but not ordinary spam. It was EVIL BLOGGER SPAM.
It doesn’t surprise me when I get an offer to “increase traffic to my site” by less-than-upfront means. Like the offers for 10,000 Twitter followers (robots one & all), I usually delete these “helpful” comments immediately. But something about this one caught my eye and the more I thought about it the more EVIL it became.
Here it is verbatim: Hi webmaster i see you put a lot of work in your blog, i know how to make your blogging easier, do you know that you can copy any article from any site, make it 100% unique and pass copyscape test? For more details, just search in google – rewriter creates an unique article in a minute.
After this mysterious source “recognizes” the effort I put into blogging, he (the name was Roberto) offers to make my life easier by giving me the means to steal content and then use a program that makes it appear to be original/unique. He’s really saying, “Here’s a cheap and easy way to cheat.”
In my book, that’s evil.
I know that some college kids buy term papers and that plagiarism is a plague that undermines academia. I also know that creating and sharing original content is a pleasure and I can’t imagine cheating you, or myself, by purchasing one-size-fits-all blog posts or by using a writing algorithm that “fixes” borrowed content so it appears to be new.
Sorry Roberto! You message has been deleted. Don’t spam me again.
On a happier note, today is POE’s birthday. Let’s celebrate this iconic author and his fabulous stories!