apparently web sites with pictures of of parts of people's bodies are a big deal. apparently one of the ways you get lots of people to come look at pictures of parts of people's bodies is that you have a software program which searches the internet for blogs, and when it finds a blog, it posts a comment which almost sounds like someone wrote it, but then in the "author information" portion of the comment, it puts a link to your website which has pictures of people's bodies.
when this started happening, typepad, my blogging service, worked really hard to weed out the spammers, to make it really hard for machines to do the work. and things got better.
but somewhere, probably somewhere that $5 pays for more than a fraction of an hour of work, someone is paying humans to post spam comments. i know this because despite all the safeguards, i still get comments like this occasionally:
this person's e-mail address would be something like firstname.lastname@example.org, and his "homepage" would be something like "http://126.96.36.199/see-a-lot-of-body-parts.html"
what's weird, and the reason i am writing this, is that when i look over the recent comment activity on my blog and find one of these ads for body parts disguised as a comment, of all the 6 years worth of blog posts i have written, they ALWAYS add their spam comment to the same post.
i am really curious why this post is the one that always gets the comments. asking google, just in case this post had somehow become an underground hit and a source of lots of page views, i discover that there are zero links to that page anywhere on the internet. this makes me glad, because it wasn't one of what i consider my "good writing" posts.
so what is it about this one page that makes it so attractive to the comment spam community? are there keywords in that post that make it show up when you type in search terms designed to help you find body parts? is it the photo of the bottle of salad dressing, which is in a file called "dressing.jpg", did that somehow wakes up the sleeping monster?
i finally got tired of the game and closed comments on that one post. as an experiment, i am adding this image to this post, and the filename is "undressing.jpg". we'll see what happens.