Credit Card Bonuses: The Most Alluring Thing on the Entire Internet?

There’s a tremendous volume of spam that this blog attracts, sometimes close to 10,000 comments per day. I imagine it’s because of the search value in the blog, and that it’s been around for more than a dozen years.

Much of it is well handled by the spam plugins set up with WordPress. Some of it I have to go through manually. And if I ever make a mistake and mistag a comment that you’ve made, I deeply apologize. It’s rare, I may not know if it has ever happened and I’m generally pretty good about getting that stuff right. But the volume means that sometimes I could make a mistake. Please let me know if it happens to you and I’ll retrieve your comment.

Most spam is obvious. I came across the least obvious spam ever, so perfectly targeted for this blog that I actually followed the links myself!

I received a ‘trackback’ from a site implying a 75,000 point signup bonus for a United credit card. Wow!

I followed the link. It briefly brought me to a page of gibberish. And then forwarded to a porn site.

Here’s what vexedme.

  • This spam was really specific to the site. That is, most spam is for things I (and readers) would have no interest in.
  • It used credit cards as the come on for porn. In other words, the supposition is that a big credit card bonus is the kind of thing people would click on, as a way of tricking or enticing them to become interested in porn.
  • Usually it’s the other way around.

Dare I ask, what that says about signup bonuses?


About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. Trackbacks work for SEO by providing inbound links fro ma variety of sources. Doesn’t matter if it is CCs or anything else.

    But 13 posts in 21 days about a single card does suggest you might find CCs the most alluring thing online. 😉

  2. Porn , credit card bonuses, aramean crossing the river to quibble about the conduct of the Akkadians. Gary , keep,up the good work. Your credit card information and other information is what allows me to travel the world .

  3. Porn , credit card bonuses, aramean crossing the river to quibble about the conduct of the Akkadians. Gary , keep,up the good work. Your credit card information and other information is what allows me to travel the world .

  4. @Wandering Aramean – well, that’s still only a little over 10% since I post half a dozen things a day. Then again, maybe it depends on the porn. I do like food porn…

  5. Maybe I should get a new job spamming people. Most of the ones I see are so poorly done. Imagine if someone tried hard at it.

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