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Back Talk Requested:The Bot Salesman Makes a Sales Call.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | December 7, 2008

Posted by Cliff Tuttle

After I wrote a few responses to stupid zombie bot comments last week, I was visited by a bot named “angry” with a message that lived up to his name, its name. I knew exactly where it came from, since it was full of the key words that its fellow clones constantly repeat — especially a product name that rhymes with Niagara. I examined this one a little more carefully, like an exotic insect, and then: “Wham! Spam!”

So, by and by, here comes another bot who proclaims:

“Promote Your Website, Product or Services on Forums Worldwide. We can post your promotional message on millions of forums world wide. No, this isn’t spam email. Its penetrating online established communities relative to your website, products or services. Not only does this increase SEO and amp; Web Traffic, but by targeting forums relative to your online activity, you are able to increase potential sales.”

There is more, of course, but you get the idea. This slickster has an online video demonstration. Its on You Tube, of course. I watched some of it. Oh, well — Wham! Spam!

Then, the next day, one of Salesbot’s customers, the owner of a website who has been sending bot after bot to penetrate my online community, apparently comments in person. I can’t tell for sure, but I assume this one was live because the message was snide and not totally irrelevant. (Bots are usually shameless flatterers who can’t say anything substantive.)

Here’s some free advice: If you are starting up a blog and the first comment reads something like: “I was searching the web for excellent prices on v**gr* and somehow I came upon your site. Great stuff!” — SPAM IT!



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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