The ballsiest spammer I've ever encountered was an attorney who claimed that the desecration of Popehat with filler comments linking to his own site, a la:
Really enjoyed reading your blog post. I will have to bookmark your site for later.
was the work of an incompetent marketing consultant, only to turn around and do it, or allow it to be done in his name, at other legal blogs.
After receiving what appeared to be a sincere apology for the initial comment spam, I graciously removed the blogpost calling Bradley Johnson out as a spammer from public view, only to see the same spam popping up at Crime and Federalism. When I informed Johnson's office that the promise not to spam again had been violated, and that the post was going back up, one of the arguments I got in return was essentially, "Well, we didn't do it at Popehat, so why do you care?"
(I care because I read Crime and Federalism, and I read its comments, you oily-haired, sharktoothed spammer.)
But that's amateurism. The Bradley Johnsons of the world kill their own parents, and beg mercy as orphans.
Enter realinsurance.com.au, which has a new wrinkle on the world's lamest excuse: "Yeah, sure, I killed my parents. Have mercy on me because I'm an orphan. But if you don't, I'm going to kill your parents too!"
Dear Marshall, Joshua:
It has come to our attention that a number of links exist on your domain which send traffic to our website realinsurance.com.au. As a result of warnings in Google Webmaster Tools we have determined that these links may be harmful either to the future marketing and reputation of realinsurance.com.au or our search results.
Accordingly, we request that you (A) remove all existing links to realinsurance.com.au from your domain, including, but not limited to the following URLs:
(B) Cease creation of any additional links to realinsurance.com.au
(C) provide us with prompt notification once links to realinsurance.com.au have been removed either by return email, or using the link below. …
Poor Josh Marshall! Because Google is finally penalizing spammers like realinsurance.com.au, he has to spend his week digging through all the comments at his ten year old, wildly popular site, removing links left by realinsurance.com.au, and to provide proof that he's done so.
Or he would if he didn't have a ten year old, wildly popular site on which to mock them for their hubris.
It almost tempts one, almost, to begin leaving comments at random blogs, in the name of "Real Insurance", with the website address http://www.realinsurance.com.au, along the lines of:
What a magnificent blogpost this is on your fine internet site. I'll be sure to bookmark this site for later!
But don't do that. The ecosystem is polluted enough as it is.
Via Mark Bennett.