Leaving blog comments is a form of link building for SEO but as Matt Cutts, Head of Google’s Webspam team, says here, "If your primary link building strategy is to leave comments all over the web...we reserve the right to take action."
So with changing tactics to get comments left untouched flatterspam has become more and more popular. This is where flattery is used to make you feel so good about yourself that you leave the comment for all to see. And the link to the 'dodgy' site often stays too.
As, this site points out, for the flatterspam to stand any chance of getting through your filters, and your love of compliments, it has to at least pretend to be sincere. Therefore this is not going to stand much chance:
- "This is really fascinating, You’re an overly professional blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look forward to in quest of extra of your excellent post. Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks."
I know for some, especially those who don't have English as a first language, this could leave you concerned that when you try to leave a genuine comment it may get deleted. Sure, that could happen, but if your comment remains focused on the article then there's no reason it won't get published.
Now, just for the sake of fun, here are some of the entertaining flatterspam comments I've seen recently.
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- "You are a very smart person!"