The Spammer as a Work of Fiction

Posted on May 16, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, Writer-Tools, writing, Writing-Exercises, Writing-Tools | Tags: , , , , |

At some point, someone will start writing stories about spammers and trolls and other internet monsters and hobgoblins.

With a bit of ingenuity, they can be interesting characters. After all, as a writer you can paint them in any way you want. Fiction presents a canvas in which you can use broad strokes to produce the picture that you desire.

Imagine a spammers’ club. What picture of words would you paint?

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A Primer for Spammers

Posted on April 8, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, writing | Tags: , , , , , |

Spammers (and trolls) are a bit like spree-killers, they are driven by the attention that they receive. The less they get, the better the rest of us are.

One of the popular tricks now is to start a WordPress blog that is empty and use it to “like” entries on legitimate blogs. When the hapless victim reciprocates, then they likely open themselves up to blogspam.

So, let’s take a look at how spammers frequently fail. In this post we are only looking at one technique: the empty blog.

If you are a spammer, you should consider making a few fake blog posts. If your “About” page says that this is “An example of a WordPress Blog,” then the rest of us will run away.

And, if you have no posts, then that will tip us off as well.

So, if you want “quality spamming,” (an oxymoron, I admit), you should consider putting up some content that will fool the rest of us.

Who knows? You might even actually generate something worthy of being read.

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