People will log on and post something along the lines of "Hi everyone im new hear and from Philidelphia, this looks like a great site." Their signature line (or the message itself, because the signature takes more time to set up) will have links to hair replacement, IT services, or other commercial websites. The more inventive will avoid those obvious links, but use the 'website' section of their profile to create the link.
My understanding is that the point isn't really to get people to click on it, but rather to boost the page rankings for search engines. Third-party companies get paid to deliver better 'search engine optimization', and this is one of the ways that they do it.
Sometimes the spammers will be more sophisticated, and actually seem to be replying in a relevant manner to the actual subject of the thread. Using Google to search for phrases from their messages, or even just the user name (if it's sufficiently unique) will show very distinctive 'spammer' traits.
For example, the most recent user to register (as of the time of writing) is calling itself "flickr.minded". Sounds photographery, right? But that user name also shows as a member on 'www.digitaldrum' and 'www.sylvaniatelephone'. Sounds fishy, right? Well, here's what their tagline will be, if they ever get around to posting a message (links broken
[urI=http://www.writeyourbookmasterclass]Novel Writing Tips[/url]
[urI=http://www.writeyourbookmasterclass]Writers Workshop Mini Lessons[/url]
â¦but us, being the friendly people that we are, will often give people the benefit of the doubt and welcome them to our forum. This creates those odd gaps in the conversation when they're later removed. To fill some of that, I thought it might be entertaining to post a follow-up 'bye' post to that one introductions thread that's getting hit a lot lately, and I may have secretly been hoping for an excuse to talk a bit about how spammers behave.