This is off topic, but I’d be interested if other bloggers have been getting these odd spam messages. For the last couple of months I’ve been receiving questions like the following:
Do you pay property tax on condo california?
Before I go ahead, is there any pointers you might have?
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much. Thanks,
These questions almost make sense, but they seem to be auto-generated based on the blog topic. I’ve gotten several similar messages from the following addresses, always signed with a different name than the return address:
Now normally spam is trying to get you to buy something or visit a website. The odd thing about these is they seem to just want answers to questions. What could be the motivation for this?
My theory is that they’re looking for unique content from bloggers to put on a website. Scrapers generally just steal material from existing websites and republish it, but search engines will penalize duplicate content. This would be a way for them to harvest unique content that hasn’t been published before, so it wouldn’t suffer the same search penalty. If that is what they’re up to its kind of clever actually – get people that are interested in a topic to answer general questions about it.
One way to check this theory is to reply to them with with somewhat reasonable nonsense, and then do a web search on your reply a month or so later to see if it shows up online.
The following question made such little sense, I couldn’t help but reply with a helpful answer:
How much cost water for a condo in canada?
Your insight into what would be the best way to proceed would be much appreciated.
Any help appreciated. Thank you in advance. yours truly, Tim
Condos with running water are the latest trend in Canada and have recently grown in popularity. Water can increase the value of a condo tremendously. In the Major cities (Vancouver, Montreal, Moosejaw) running water is highly prized and can lead to bidding wars on a property, even when mixed with a small amount of urine. If both hot and cold running water are available in a residence (particularly if delivered via pipes), the sky’s the limit. Expect to pay at least $140,000 pgm (Per Gallon Per Minute).
Thanks for writing, I hope this helps!