Today I got an interesting attempt of search engine comment spam.
This practice is where people with questionable ethics claim they can improve search engine ranking by doing search engine optimization. One of the techniques is to post junk comments on high ranking sites containing a back link to the site/page they want to promote, with the appropriate keywords.
Someone posted the following comment as a followup to the original proposal for Drupal 6 logging and alerts watchdog hook.
Unfortunately one more
Submitted by Home Decor Furniture (not verified) on Thu, 2007/05/31 - 10:35.
Unfortunately one more change is required for watchdog() calls. Now all calls have t() evaluated runtime, which results in a nice mix of languages used to log your messages regardless of where are those logged, if you have multiple languages supported on the site.
The IP Address where the comment came from is from Romania.
The text there looked familiar so I did an analysis on Apaches logs to see how this was done.
The above IP address first visited my site when doing a search on a site called seochat.com. Here is the original query. As you can see he is targeting my site for the word comment, using the Google syntax site:baheyeldin.com comment.
This led him to this page on baheyeldin.com
126.96.36.199 - - [31/May/2007:10:33:29 -0400] GET /technology/drupal/drupal-6-proposal-for-a-watchdog-hook-for-logging-and-alerts.html HTTP/1.1 200 30087 http://www.seochat.com/?tool=7 option=com_seotools hl=enlr=ie=UTF-8oe=UTF-8q=site%3Abaheyeldin.com+comment result_mode=pagerank num=100 btnG=+++Search+++ Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52) Gecko/20070309 Firefox/184.108.40.206
After a few second, he visits this page:
220.127.116.11 - - [31/May/2007:10:33:37 -0400] GET /family/the-baheyeldin-dynasty.html HTTP/1.1 200 23057 http://www.seochat.com/?tool=7option=com_seotools hl=enlr=ie=UTF-8oe=UTF-8q=site%3Abaheyeldin.com+comment result_mode=pageranknum=100btnG=+++Search+++ Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:18.104.22.168) Gecko/20070309 Firefox/22.214.171.124
126.96.36.199 - - [31/May/2007:10:34:21 -0400] GET /news/drupal-6-new-hook-watchdog-for-logging-and-alerts.html HTTP/1.1 200 9804 http://www.google.com/search?source=ig hl=en q=Drupal+6%3A+Proposal+for+a+watchdog+hook+for+logging+and+alertsbtnG=Google+Search Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv: 188.8.131.52) Gecko/20070309 Firefox/184.108.40.206
Then back on baheyeldin.com, he copies Gobas comment, and posts it in a comment.
220.127.116.11 - - [31/May/2007:10:35:10 -0400] POST /comment/reply/820 HTTP/1.1 200 26485 https://baheyeldin.com/technology/drupal/ drupal-6-proposal-for-a-watchdog-hook-for-logging-and-alerts.html Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:18.104.22.168) Gecko/20070309 Firefox/22.214.171.124
126.96.36.199 - - [31/May/2007:10:35:19 -0400] POST /comment/reply/820 HTTP/1.1 302 - https://baheyeldin.com/comment/reply/820 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52) Gecko/20070309 Firefox/184.108.40.206
He tried to link the comment posters URL to the keywords Home Decor Furniture to a page on this domain, which is registered to one Anton Vassiliev from Sunnyvale, California.
Checking the results
Finally, he tries to see if the comment was posted:
220.127.116.11 - - [31/May/2007:10:35:20 -0400] GET /technology/drupal/drupal-6-proposal-for-a-watchdog- hook-for-logging-and-alerts.html HTTP/1.1 200 30228 https://baheyeldin.com/comment/reply/820 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:18.104.22.168) Gecko/20070309 Firefox/22.214.171.124
126.96.36.199 - - [31/May/2007:10:35:27 -0400] GET /technology/drupal/drupal-6-proposal-for-a-watchdog -hook-for-logging-and-alerts.html HTTP/1.1 200 30087 https://baheyeldin.com/comment/reply/820 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52) Gecko/20070309 Firefox/184.108.40.206
Of course, since I have the comments set to moderate first, this never got out.