Is Blogger on the Offensive Against Spam?

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As part of running this site, I subscribe to many different Technorati Watchlists. They help me keep up to date on the latest in content-theft and plagiarism-related issues.

Unfortunately, I see a great deal of spam blogs on these watchlists. What’s worse, it can be hard to tell, when looking at my RSS reader, which blogs are legitimate and which are junk. Thus, I often end up clicking through to the splogs that successfully penetrate Technorati’s armor.

Most of those spam blogs have, traditionally, been on Blogspot. However, over the past week or so, I’ve noticed that a lot of the Blogspot links have been returning results like this indicating that the blog has been locked down for “Possible Blogger terms of service violations”.

It appears that, at least based upon the sample I have, that Blogger is on a major offensive against spam blogs and that their effectiveness has gone up drastically over the past week or so. If true, this could be great news for bloggers, especially those on Google’s service, but more research is needed before a victory can be claimed.

I am looking into this matter and am trying to find out exactly what is going on. It could just be that Google has discovered the network responsible for most of the spam targeting my keywords and all of this is a fluke. However, I wanted to pose the question to everyone reading this: Have you noticed a reduction in spam from Blogspot?

I’ll be interested to hear if others are having similar experiences.

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Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Aaron,

I agree that things have again taken a turn at Blogspot and it appears that Google is once again largely tolerating spam on the service. They seem to go through a pattern where they attack and then retreat from spam on the service.

Considering that they likely run the service at a loss, I can't see them investing heavily to make it spam free. They just try to keep it out of their index and hope for the best.

Sadly, that seems to be their MO lately.

Thank you for the information!

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Aaron,

I agree that things have again taken a turn at Blogspot and it appears that Google is once again largely tolerating spam on the service. They seem to go through a pattern where they attack and then retreat from spam on the service.

Considering that they likely run the service at a loss, I can't see them investing heavily to make it spam free. They just try to keep it out of their index and hope for the best.

Sadly, that seems to be their MO lately.

Thank you for the information!

Aaron
Aaron

I have had some really negative experiences with Blogger lately.

I'm trying to optimise a site for Network equipment. One of the things I like to do is to basically 'sanitise' blog catagories that I'm trying to optimise for to help knock out my aggressively black hat competitors. Here is a good example of a spam blog in my category -

http://used-cisco.blogspot.com/2005/03/used-cisco-3640.html

I complained to Wordpress about similar blogs and they took them down. I have repeatedly reported similar blogs to Blogger but to no effect. This is really dissappointing coming from Google's own blog platform. This basically leaves me in a situation where I choose to get hosed by my competitors or choose to join them in spamming Blogger.

My principle of spam.

'SPAM' + 'Reporting Spam' WHERE != 'taken down' -> 'More Spam'

That's an algorithm that should be in all blog services.

Aaron
Aaron

I have had some really negative experiences with Blogger lately.

I'm trying to optimise a site for Network equipment. One of the things I like to do is to basically 'sanitise' blog catagories that I'm trying to optimise for to help knock out my aggressively black hat competitors. Here is a good example of a spam blog in my category -

http://used-cisco.blogspot.com/2005/03/used-cis...

I complained to Wordpress about similar blogs and they took them down. I have repeatedly reported similar blogs to Blogger but to no effect. This is really dissappointing coming from Google's own blog platform. This basically leaves me in a situation where I choose to get hosed by my competitors or choose to join them in spamming Blogger.

My principle of spam.

'SPAM' + 'Reporting Spam' WHERE != 'taken down' -> 'More Spam'

That's an algorithm that should be in all blog services.

Maria
Maria

I've been reporting BlogSpot spam, as well as AdSense policy violations to Google for about two months now. I like to think that efforts of people like me are what is helping Google to clamp down on this stuff.

As usual, I encourage all blog readers and blog authors to report spam and other violations whenever found. You CAN make a difference.

Maria
Maria

I've been reporting BlogSpot spam, as well as AdSense policy violations to Google for about two months now. I like to think that efforts of people like me are what is helping Google to clamp down on this stuff.

As usual, I encourage all blog readers and blog authors to report spam and other violations whenever found. You CAN make a difference.

MacBros
MacBros

Now that I've said that I'll get scraped like crazy now. :D

MacBros
MacBros

Now that I've said that I'll get scraped like crazy now. :D

MacBros
MacBros

I don't necessarily get blogspot spam, just a lot of comment spam lately.

As far as scraping goes, that's a thing in the past since I have it so Anti Leech mungs up the rss feed for any .info sites, and Digital Fingerprint hacks up the first few lines of my feeds and they really don't get any content.

MacBros
MacBros

I don't necessarily get blogspot spam, just a lot of comment spam lately.

As far as scraping goes, that's a thing in the past since I have it so Anti Leech mungs up the rss feed for any .info sites, and Digital Fingerprint hacks up the first few lines of my feeds and they really don't get any content.

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