Maybe comment spam’s a good thing

Brainysmurf’s been down for weeks, but its traffic is going up every day. If you look at Adam’s site meter, you can see that about 80 percent of the hits are from Google searches for incredibly obscene phrases (“panty pee” seems to be one of the most popular). Now, Adam wasn’t one to use a lot of incredibly obscene phrases. No, the hits he’s getting are all from spam comments for sex products and services, the content of which is unbelievably obscene.

Is there a lesson here, that we should welcome spam comments because they boost site traffic? Obviouasly the answer’s a resounding “No,” since there’s a world of difference between serious traffic and random meaningless traffic that leaves your site in seconds. But for the unscrupulous blogger who just wants to show off a lot of traffic, this could be the way to go.

The Discussion: 3 Comments

I recently discovered a way of inadvertently boosting my traffic, if only temporarily: by moving my site.

The Blogdex Top 100 is based on the number of new links to a site, so if your site moves and people edit their links accordingly, you automatically shoot way up the league table.

I was pleasantly shocked when I saw my own piss-ant blog on Blogdex… then I read a post on another blog that explained the blog-move strategery. Oh well, sic transit gloria etc.

December 21, 2004 @ 3:06 pm | Comment

A resounding NO on the spam, man. If I had let it go on, it could have filled my entire server space allotment, I’m sure.

On the other hand, traffic does seem to have gone up since I posted on “nude Chinese coeds” (a rather chaste post).

December 21, 2004 @ 6:35 pm | Comment

It must be because I never swear or use any ‘rude’ words that I don’t seem to get this kind of traffic. I had one MSN for post pregnancy underpants this month, at which I ranked number 8. Weird isn’t it.

December 21, 2004 @ 8:49 pm | Comment

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