It looks almost like a real comment, doesn’t it? Especially since it was on a Post about my dead Time Capsule:
The back up feature saves costs for having to buy a back up system hardware but two years is not long enough…hardware should at least last for 5 years…
It doesn’t really contribute anything to the Post it’s attached to though, and it just doesn’t feel quite right. I unapproved it, but didn’t mark it as Spam.
Until the next day when a suspiciously similar comment appeared. The comment text was different, but the email address and URL were modelled on the same pattern. I unapproved that one too, then noticed that both comments came from the same IP address.
I popped on over to the WordPress Discussion Settings and added the IP address to the banned list.
Now, 10 days later, there’s another similarly patterned comment from a different IP address. Spammers!
This time I finally visited the linked sites. I found all of them use dummy WordPress blogs with the Thesis theme and affiliate links to Thesis, and also to an ‘internet marketing specialist’ called GetSalesLeads.
These people appear to be the spammers.
All 3 domain names they used in the comment spam on my blog were owned by folks called AdCard — who also appear to be the ones behind the Sales Leads crowd.
I’ve now added
christchurch.co.nz to my Comment Blacklist settings. I suggest you do the same. These guys just make me sick.