I don’t get it. I sometimes get comments on this blog that are totally ridiculous that then have a link to best-underwater-basketweaving-in-india.com or something – clearly a way to try to get in-bound links via leaving comments on a blog.

Over the last few days, however, I’ve been getting 3-4 comments a day that are totally inane, but then link to Bing, Yahoo, or Google. Here are some of the great “comments” I’ve gotten:

Touchdwon! That’s a really cool way of putting it!

That’s a mold-baekrer. Great thinking!

Kudos to you! I hadn’t thguoht of that!

IMHO you’ve got the right awensr!

Got it! Tnhkas a lot again for helping me out!

Why would someone bother to add comment spam without an attempt at an inbound link? My only theory right now is that this is some way of getting around WordPress’ automatic spam detection – if I accept these comments, the commenter gets ‘positive points’ for not being a spammer. At some point, he gets enough credit with WordPress that he can massively spam lots of blogs and the spam filter won’t catch him.

Beyond that theory, I’m stumped. Any ideas?


  1. Terry Whalen April 14th, 2011

    gr8t psto I lkie hte way yuo put htat! keeep up hte doog werk!

  2. davidzhawk April 14th, 2011

    SO it was you!

  3. John Craig April 27th, 2011

    I got them to if you find the reason for why they link to google, yahoo or bing plz mail me.

  4. martin June 13th, 2011

    i too am getting these on my wordpress site, about 5 a day with the name linking to bing and yahoo, comments like “YMMD with the comment” and “AFAICT you’ve covered all the bases with this asnwer!” any luck with finding out why its happening?

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David Rodnitzky is founder and CEO of 3Q Digital (formerly PPC Associates), a position he has held since the Company's inception in 2008. Prior to 3Q Digital, he held senior marketing roles at several Internet companies, including Rentals.com (2000-2001), FindLaw (2001-2004), Adteractive (2004-2006), and Mercantila (2007-2008). David currently serves on advisory boards for several companies, including Marin Software, MediaBoost, Mediacause, and a stealth travel start-up. David is a regular speaker at major digital marketing conferences and has contributed to numerous influential publications, including Venture Capital Journal, CNN Radio, Newsweek, Advertising Age, and NPR's Marketplace. David has a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and a J.D. with honors from the University of Iowa. In his spare time, David enjoys salmon fishing, hiking, spending time with his family, and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, not necessarily in that order.