This morning I got a new kind of comment I had not seen before:

hello , my name is Richard and I know you get a lot of spammy comments, I can help you with this problem . I know a lot of spammers and I will ask them not to post on your site. It will reduce the volume of spam by 30-50% .In return Id like to ask you to put a link to my site on the index page of your site. The link will be small and your visitors will hardly notice it , its just done for higher rankings in search engines. Contact me icq 454528835 or write me tedirectory(at)yahoo.com , i will give you my site url and you will give me yours if you are interested. thank you

Wow. That’s definitely a new one. I think my favorite part is “I know a lot of spammers and I will ask them not to post on your site”. It seems Richard is implying that he personally knows all the spammers who are responsible for 30-50% of spam comments worldwide.  This makes me want to buy Richard a t-shirt for being so clever and coming up with such an innovative link extortion scheme.

Actually this might be “link blackmail” more than “link extortion”. I’m too busy deleting spam comments to lookup the right definition.