Update: Google Responds Regarding Blogspot Spam

Yesterday I received an email from a representative at Google Blogspot. In my inquiry to him, I had asked whether or not Google was on a recent offensive against spam blogs, as I had speculated earlier this week.

As with most replies from Google about such matters, it was very vague and short on details. However, it did state the following:

“I can’t really comment on anything further than what you’ve noticed, but you’re right: 1) some spammy blogs are showing the Terms of Service warning; and 2) this is a good thing.”

He went on to say that many spam blogs, possibly most, are currently being shut down even before the search engines have a chance to crawl them.

Though I will have to continue to dig for more information. It is nice to confirm that Google is taking strong action and that, perhaps for the first time, it seems to be fairly effective. We will have to see how and if spam bloggers change their game and, if they do, how Google will respond.

The cat and mouse game, most likely, has just begun.

18 Responses to Update: Google Responds Regarding Blogspot Spam

  1. codist says:

    I too was hit by a spam blogger taking one of my recent posts. On my blog I listed all the sites I could find by this same guy (a pseudonym). I was able to get digg to ban at least one of the spam blogs. I intend to sprinkle something into my RSS feeds to see if it's automated or manually being scraped.

  2. codist says:

    I too was hit by a spam blogger taking one of my recent posts. On my blog I listed all the sites I could find by this same guy (a pseudonym). I was able to get digg to ban at least one of the spam blogs. I intend to sprinkle something into my RSS feeds to see if it’s automated or manually being scraped.

  3. Rose says:

    As someone who often helps out at Blogger help group is is true that Blogger is on top of things regarding splog and it helps Blogger if other bloggers report the splog.Ps: Long time no talk. :)

  4. Pi says:

    The problems at Blogger have been going on for quite some time, and are unlikely to be solved in the lackadaisyical manner which Google at the moment employs. In theory people can report a weblog at Blogger which breaks the Terms of Service, in reality this is often impossible. Many weblogs I have come across have either blocked out the toolbar with the report abuse button, others automatically re-direct to a pure spam or advertising website outside of Google's domain and responsibility; the re-direct is so fast that the opportunity to hit the abuse button doesn't exist.Google needs a complete re-think on Blogspot and the other services it offers to the public for their own content, and a higher staffing level to catch those who breach their terms as early as possible.

  5. Rose says:

    As someone who often helps out at Blogger help group is is true that Blogger is on top of things regarding splog and it helps Blogger if other bloggers report the splog.

    Ps: Long time no talk. :)

  6. Pi says:

    The problems at Blogger have been going on for quite some time, and are unlikely to be solved in the lackadaisyical manner which Google at the moment employs. In theory people can report a weblog at Blogger which breaks the Terms of Service, in reality this is often impossible. Many weblogs I have come across have either blocked out the toolbar with the report abuse button, others automatically re-direct to a pure spam or advertising website outside of Google’s domain and responsibility; the re-direct is so fast that the opportunity to hit the abuse button doesn’t exist.

    Google needs a complete re-think on Blogspot and the other services it offers to the public for their own content, and a higher staffing level to catch those who breach their terms as early as possible.

  7. Daniel says:

    That’s just one of the reasons we preferred WordPress.com. So far, haven’t heard of any spam blog on WordPress. But maybe there are some/many? Does anyone have more info on that?

  8. Daniel says:

    That’s just one of the reasons we preferred WordPress.com. So far, haven’t heard of any spam blog on WordPress. But maybe there are some/many? Does anyone have more info on that?

  9. Well my blog was recently pegged as a "spam" blog. So I went through the steps, filled out the form and sent it to them. They say it takes 2-3 business days for them to reply.I do consider it a bit of a hassle and I hate having to wait for them to get back to me.I mean does my blog look like a spam blog as opposed to it being some kind of robot or automated-type blog?

  10. Well my blog was recently pegged as a “spam” blog. So I went through the steps, filled out the form and sent it to them. They say it takes 2-3 business days for them to reply.

    I do consider it a bit of a hassle and I hate having to wait for them to get back to me.

    I mean does my blog look like a spam blog as opposed to it being some kind of robot or automated-type blog?

  11. JB says:

    Ssiter2brother & Sean,

    Can either of you please email me some information about your situations. I would like to look into it some. I have some contacts at Google I might be able to reach out to for assistance.

    Just send me an email with your blog URL and any information you got from Google.

  12. Sean Hanley says:

    The useless idiots at Blogger have blocked my blog as a spam blog – who are they supposed to be helping exactly?

  13. JB says:

    Ssiter2brother & Sean,

    Can either of you please email me some information about your situations. I would like to look into it some. I have some contacts at Google I might be able to reach out to for assistance.

    Just send me an email with your blog URL and any information you got from Google.

  14. JB says:

    Daniel,

    Sorry, I didn’t see your comment, you might want to check out this post:

    http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2007/04/09/why-wordpresscom-is-virtually-spam-free/

  15. JB says:

    Daniel,

    Sorry, I didn’t see your comment, you might want to check out this post:

    http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2007/04/09/why-w

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