Some kind of spambots, which are now ubiquitous, diverse and ingeniously specialized, land on my website from time to time and leave me comments, designed to get me to click on links they send me. Posing as appreciative comments about my writing, the kind of comment most people are tickled to receive, they’re sent to generate hits on the sites they are promoting. Many of the rare “likes” I get for these posts lead me back to enterprising web entrepreneurs who describe how wonderful it is to write from Bali, Copenhagen, Goa, Prague, Florence as they make excellent money working when and where they want, writing for the internet.
All you need to do is create a blahg, a squeeze page, I think they call it, with affiliate links, backlinks, sidewinder links, they write using a jargon alien to me, but apparently very simple to master. They will teach you everything you need to know. Master this surprisingly simple craft and you can sit on a beach, or hotel room or in a cafe, anywhere in the world, and spend a few hours a day writing and watching substantial amounts of money flow into your electronic bank account. A few changes of underwear, your laptop and international chargers and power cords and you’re on your way. You will also find yourself losing weight, flab turning to muscle, meeting cool people, having tons more sex, laughing more, eating better, sleeping better, waking refreshed to have breathtaking adventures every day.
Funny or not, I get almost no direct comments on this blahg but several every week on the blahg for the upstart nonprofit I am trying to start up. The spambots for some reason home in on that mission driven nonprofit site rather than this gratuitous one. Many of their comments are in laughably machine-translated non-English advertising some very weird and specific products involving commercial concrete removal, aluminum, real-estate, diet pills. But I’ve had variations on this one a few times now, usually in response to posts of pictures or videos that have virtually no written content on them:
I read a lot of interesting content here.
(Actual interesting content on this one was:
If he doesn’t start long jumping right away, click on him.
This neat leap was animated on 3-10-14 by a ten year-old at the Ella Baker School in NYC, using the amazing reference photos of Eadweard Muybridge taken in the 1880s.)
Probably you spend a lot of time writing, i know how to save you a lot of time, there is an online tool that creates high quality, google friendly posts in minutes, just search in google – k2seotips unlimited content
Think of the hours I could save! I could use those hours to learn about and master affiliate marketing and try my program, untroubled by any funding concerns, two or three weeks at a time, in Africa, Asia, Iceland, spend the hours every day learning languages, mastering new musical instruments, collaborating with local musicians on every continent, working on my six pack abs. While high quality google friendly content is generated for me to maximize my audience and lead to my almost instant success in anything I try. What an increasingly wonderful world it is!
A commenter on that post referred to her, perhaps not entirely unfairly, as a “cunt”. The next commenter took that first one to task for saying something so harsh about someone who was trying to do something good. The first commenter wrote back, not without a certain hard humor. Other commenters joined, but after a while it was only the first guy, the one who’d called the scheming businesswoman a “cunt”, who was answering everybody.
Since high quality google friendly content (the post you’re reading now, actually) was being generated for me by robots of my own, I had the leisure to read the entire string of comments, and eventually came to a wonderful exchange that made the entire exercise worth more than I can say. I share it here:
A man who identified himself as a pastor wrote to the woman who’d thought his post was awesome and had invited him to visit her site. The pastor thanked her humbly and profusely for her appreciation of his writing. It was a wonderful thing, he said, to have one’s poetry and philosophy appreciated and she was clearly a bright and discerning woman and also, in his humble opinion, the creator and keeper of a very interesting and rewarding site that he would be visiting again soon. And a fine writer herself, if he might say so.
The next comment was from the clever trollish commenter who was the only one answering anything directed to the site. It is perhaps the best comment on this whole blogging business I’ve seen:
Look, “Pastor”. I’m the only one reading these comments and responding. There is no blogger here anymore. She set up an automated system that goes around and clicks LIKE on people’s wordpress posts. And, let me guess – that is how you found this blog. I’m sorry to disappoint you, but no actual people read or like your posts.