Black Hat Technique for Generating Hundreds of Comments Almost Instantaneously

What’s the first thing you check when visiting a new blog?

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I’m betting it’s the number of comments.

Do you actually read any of the comments?

I didn’t think so.

In this article, I will show you how to trick-out your post with hundreds of human-generated, relevant comments almost instantaneously.

This is a black hat hacking technique if I’ve ever seen one.

I showcase it here NOT to encourage you to do it because it’s unethical to put it mildly.

Instead, my hope is that:

  1. You will place less stock into the quality of the post based on comments alone
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  2. You will be less susceptible to Internet Marketing trickery when you see it.

Let’s get to it, shall we.

I stumbled across this Ninja technique whilst testing a funky and otherwise useful plugin called Genki.

Genki is used to bring your own comments into WordPress.

Here is some background on what Genki is actually designed to do.

If Genki WordPress Plugin was a cartoon I think it would look like this. Oh...and btw...you can click on Genki to post him on Fcaebook.

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Typical Setup

Online videos are usually hosted (uploaded to) on YouTube. Most bloggers however, prefer to “embed” their videos on their own websites.

YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine, so chances of your video being seen on YouTube (assuming you tagged it properly) are quite high.

If the video is informative, entertaining or useful in some way, chances are people will leave a comment. The problem?

Now you have one set of comments on your own blog and another set on YouTube.

If only there was a way to bring those YouTube comments into your own blog. Well, there is.

Genki to the rescue.

I will show you how to setup Genki in a moment, but for now I want to fast forward to the results.

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Since the nature of Social Media is open, and Genki relies on the YouTube-issued Unique ID (visible in the URL) to pull the comments, you can grab ANYONE’S ID and bring ANYONE’S comments into YOUR post.

What’s more, in order to do this, you don’t actually have to embed the video itself.

Furthermore, you can pull the comments from multiple videos into the same post.

You better Buzz this post before it's too late :-p

But Dino, you’re probably saying. The comments will have nothing to do with the article on my blog.

Not necessarily.

YouTube is a 2nd largest search engine. Remember?

Simply search for videos that match the subject of the article, and BA-GOOSH!!

Here’s a step by step for those of us who need things spelled out :-)


When everything is said and done your post’s Custom Field should look something like slide 5.

Congratulations!!! You just generated a whole mess of comments.

You can either wait for Genki to update on it’s own or go back to Settings to run a manual Genki-YouTube update (see slide 3).

Here is what my post looked like after I “published” it. Notice ZERO comments.

And his is what the post looked like AFTER the update. Notice 189 comments (kinda blurry in the beginning but really obvious once I start scrawling down)

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There they are.  189 comments that were not there before.

Since I don’t actually recommend anyone do this (I was just testing to see if it can be done on an offline sandbox) I don’t really care if you encounter problems with this.

Having said that, there are few issues I did encounter and this is how I got around them.

  1. I had to set up multiple Custom Fields/YouTubeID combinations. Even tho the selected YouTube had hundreds of comments, Genki seams to be importing only about 20-30 comments per video. 

I don’t know if this is Genki throttling the updates or YouTube being stingy. But setting up multiple youtubevidid values circumvents this issue. 

If Genki is used in the manner in which it was intended this wouldn’t be an issue since all comments ARE eventually imported.
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  2. While the comments are human-generated, they all get the same Gravatar in the comments section. This looks extremely suspect and it might be a way to tell that something is queer. 

I imagine someone smarter than me could come up with a way to randomize Gravatar pictures, but I don’t care about this shit that much to actually bother with it; and neither should you.

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This was a classic “I wonder if it could be done” type of exploration into the world of WordPress Ninjas. I hope you enjoyed it.

What’s the coolest Super-Secret Ninja trick you’ve come across?

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  • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

    testing disqus on new site…sibilance, sibilance..1,2, sibilance, ok

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  • http://twitter.com/KitchenTableMkt KitchenTable Mrkting

    Thanks for posting this.

    The tricks and black hat techniques only work short term. People are smart and it doesn’t take them long to see that they’re being scammed. So I’m glad to see you giving us a peak at some of their tricks. Like a bad magician, once you see how the trick works it becomes a lot less impressive.

    • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

      Hi Diana, thnx for leaving a comment. Im glad you enjoyed this. You’re right, these are def short term techniques and thats how these guys operate…on very short term, fly by night basis. I like your analogy…you’re right, once this shit gets revealed it no longer that impressive lol

      glad to see you here on my brand new blog…we clearly have an interest in common…we need to talk marketing one of these days…an interview perhaps ..yeah, that sounds like fun… :-)

  • http://igirl.posterous.com/ Chris Loyd

    this is ridiculously interesting, can I get an amen? :)

    • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

      lol…thnx Chris AMEN indeed :-)

  • http://twitter.com/jaennutter Julie Nutter

    That’s…very interesting. Even if it wasn’t unethical and did work long term, I have no interest in having that many comments. And, by the way, I must be a dork because I usually read the comments (if there are less than, say, 20) and skim them if there are more than 50.
    If I’m reading a blog, I’m interesting in what is being said, and maybe (sometimes) more interested in the reactions/thoughts of my fellow readers. Unless, of course, they are boring……in which case, I just skip over them. o_o

    What’s with the numbers, anyway?
    I think if you have something worth reading, people will find it; they will read it, and they will comment.
    Just check out your own blog. ;] everyone likes it.

    • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

      Did I ever mention that I love Julie :-) Your my favorite reader EVER!!! :-)

  • KarenB

    I’m still on my Droid so I’ll keep this short. Two things. One, I usually try to read some comments bc half the time they’re more entertaining than the article or have additional relevant info. Two. I never leave a blog without reading the About. If the blogger leaves this blank, my first reaction is WTH, & I don’t go back for seconds. Great post, Dino! As usual.

    • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

      First, thanks Karen for your kind words, second, isn’t it sad that comments are more interesting than articles half the time? It just goes to show…

      Also, thnx for the reminder …this website is very much beta at this point but I should take care of the “About” section asap.

      • KarenB

        Oops… I didn’t even look at your About page because I knew you were the blogger.

        • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

          lol..thats ok…it actually got my ass in gear ..its up to code now :-)

  • http://www.thelasthonestguy.com The Last Honest Guy

    Good post Dino. You’re a crazy kat! lol

    • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

      Thank you brother…hows your blog doing? I admit I haven’t visited in a while ..usual excuse…busy busy busy…promise to do better…we should do a relationship podcast once a month…just for the fuck of it :-)

      • http://www.thelasthonestguy.com The Last Honest Guy

        The Blog is doing well, just wrote an article called “13 Gift Ideas for Men this Christmas” hopefully I just helped thousands of guys get better Christmas presents this year… lol

        About the Podcast, it’s funny you mentioned it, cause I’ve actually been pondering about doing one. Let me know if you’re serious about it…

        • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

          Im totally serious … lets hook this shit up :-)

          • http://www.thelasthonestguy.com The Last Honest Guy

            Hey e-mail me when you’re ready so we can discuss the details…. This is awesome!

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  • http://www.solitarywanderer.com Aleah

    This is a very cool tip (though I have no plans of doing it myself LOL). You are cool ^_^ I enjoyed reading your articles, esp the series on what makes people buy.

    • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

      Tnx Aleah, glad you’re making yourself at home here…I’ll see ya around :-)

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  • http://twitter.com/KCCarper Kathleen Carper

    Hi Dino! This was very interesting to me, not due to the technical info, but due to the premise behind it. I am probably one in a million, but I NEVER look first to see the number of comments on a post – I am interested purely in content. If the content is relevant and there are no comments at all, then to me it is as if I have uncovered a nugget of gold and I get to be the first to share it. :)

    • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

      Hi Kathleen…yup, I think you’re right…one in a million :-) The comments however are a form of social proof and an internet currency of sorts. A well known (but probably wrong) number that gets thrown around is that only 1% of your visitors actually comment. So its a kind of a measure of popularity of your blog.

      I’ve noticed that you’re a writer but you dont have a blog associated with your disqus/twitter profile. Do you have a blog? If not, how come? Seams like a natural fit :-)

      Salute

      • http://twitter.com/KCCarper Kathleen Carper

        Yes, comments as a form of internet currency make sense. I guess the rebel in me is bothered by the notion that the number of comments would be an indicator of the value of the content – there is too much of a herd mentality in that. Sometimes the herd is correct, but sometimes the herd follows because that is its nature – :).

        As to the blog, I am working on it – thanks for asking! I tend to do things a bit unconventionally, but at least when my blog finally goes live, I will already have a few followers.

        • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

          I totally get where you coming from. I often have to take off the Dino hat and put on the “herd” hat to be effective.

          Anyways, let me know if you need direction or help with the blog.

          • http://twitter.com/KCCarper Kathleen Carper

            Thanks Dino! I hope you know I mean no offense – I just enjoy exploring different viewpoints.

  • http://www.chucklasker.com Chuck Lasker

    I think it could be simpler to just edit the number of comments displayed for a post. It wouldn’t be hard to just have a custom field instead of the WordPress field in there, and you could simply change them at will.

    • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

      yup..you could def do that..more than one way to skin a cat I suppose :-) the custom field would report the number of comments but it wouldnt generate actual comments, right? Unless you’re talking about custom field inside wordpress post, in which case thats exactly how Genki works.

      So if you used something other than Genki to fill the custom fields, where are the comments coming from? Anyways, I dont know css well enough to pull it off, tho it is interesting to think about :-)

      • http://www.chucklasker.com Chuck Lasker

        I’m thinking not put the comments in at all, just change the number of comments shown. If people don’t look at them, then it doesn’t matter. :)

        • http://diyblogger.com/ Dino Dogan

          I got ya…it could work but it wouldn’t survive even cursory inspection. Neat idea tho…would love to see how you do it.

  • http://www.webguide4u.com Vivek Parmar

    That’s a pretty good hack, but one question though if anyone doesn’t have any account on youtube that how could he get more comments??
    Obviously the answer is still yet same thing “Content is the Queen” and Marketing the perfect tool

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Are you asking what would happen if NO ONE had an account on youtube or just the person performing the hack?

      There is automation software out thereto fill out comments as well…but its not free. ANyways, this isnt something I would recommend for anyone to do so the point might be moot.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting. I actually DO read my comments, but a banner day is when I get 5! LOL Ahhh, to live the dream :)

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Im actually working on something that might help you change that..stay tuned :-)

  • http://www.informationjunkiesanonymous.com Ryah Albatros

    2 in a million – I often don’t notice how many comments a post has either. I like how your mind works though Dino, if I were clever enough I’m sure I’d be doing more of the ‘I wonder if …?’ testing :)

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Thnx Ryah…love your blog design btw…very very cool

      • http://www.informationjunkiesanonymous.com Ryah Albatros

        Well, thank you kind sir :) You’ve been so welcoming to me today, I wonder how I missed visiting here before now :)

  • http://twitter.com/dancristo Dan Cristo

    I’m not usually one to endorse black hat techniques, but I’m actually using this for an SEO contest over at: http://willredsoxwindivision.com/red-sox-division-video/ The goal is to rank #1 for “will the red sox win the division?” in about 20 days – no rules. After I posted a few posts on the newly minted domain, I remembered reading this post about Youtube comments. Really came in handy.

    After the contest ends I’ll take down the site, but in the mean time I’m enjoying my rather black hat win here. :)

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      haha…very nice you black hat you :-)

  • http://remarkablogger.com Michael Martine

    “I don’t care if you have problems with this.”

    BWA HA HA HA HA!

    Nicely done. :)

  • http://www.randomrational.blogspot.com/ Narendran Narayanasamy

    real tempting ! but then if only it were so easy!

    My recent posts on randomrational.blogspot.com

    “From “0” to “1000’s” of Followers in Twitte” at http://tinyurl.com/7ak74tl

  • http://www.livingwithfibromyalgia.ca/ Shannon

    If I told you I’d have to kill you! Seriously, I had to sign non-disclosure agreements. :D