Friday, July 21, 2006
Hmmm, I've had my blog up and running for just over a month, and was quite encouraged to see almost 1,500 visitors in that time. I must be writing something worth reading, I guess. Up until two days ago, though, I'd only had 2 or 3 comments from vistors, but that's all changed. Two days in a row now, I've been hit by a commenting-bot. Check some of the comments to the articles from the last week, but don't whatever you do click on the links in them - these comments have been posted by some mongrel who hopes that the blog owner will follow the link to see who he or she was - and thereby generate ad revenue for the idiot doing it. Many people add Google ads to their site, or provide links which pay them on a per-click basis, and most of the web sites which claim to have passwords, serial numbers or game kracks are nothing more than money generators for some unscruplous operator. But this is the first time I've ever seen a commenting bot, and although I hate the idea that I'm getting automated, not real, comments to my articles, I still can't help but admire the mongrel/idiot/operator who's doing it. After all, the basis for sound commerce is to identify a market which hasn't been tapped, and make a killing before it becomes over-saturated. In this, the comment-botter has done well, and I'm sure has made quite a bit of money so far from unsuspecting blog hosts. So, good luck to you, at least until Blogspot, MySpace and other blogging services put measures into place to stop you.