Strange Spam

Over the past month or so, we've been getting some unusual comments coming from the Philippines. The commenter(s) have used several different names: JJ, Lester, Ajit, Gina, Alicia, Humus, Ronald, and Ermar, among others.

These comments are different from ordinary spam in two ways. First, while they're never very interesting, they're usually uncannily on-topic, enough so that regular commenters sometimes respond to them. I suspect that the comments are left by humans.

Second, I can't figure out what, if anything, they're selling. The links all go to a network of blogs that link to each other and consist of a dozen or so one-paragraph posts each, written at about a seventh-grade level. If there's any herbal viagra there, it's very well-hidden. Alicia's blog does have links to several products, but I don't think any of the other blogs link to it.

I suspect that this is some kind of search engine optimization scheme, but I haven't figured out the details. Has anyone else seen anything like this elsewhere, or does anyone know what this is about?

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It's natural

That sounds like an extremely natural way to build up a page rank. I hope all of these comments linking back to my site serve a purpose. Now if this whole process could be streamlined, then the current search engines (read Google) will be "exploitable".

Clearly it's

...an invasion of the BODY SNATCHERS.