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What is Spam in 2013?

What is Spam in 2013?

Stop Spam SignWhat is spam?

Spam, in the early days of the Internet, was a pretty simple concept. The term was largely synonymous about unsolicited commercial email (UCE). This is why the famous CAN-SPAM act of 2003 deals solely with email and nothing else.

But that act is nearly a decade old and the Web has changed a lot since then. This means it’s time to revisit the question and ask ourselves “What is spam in 2013?”

These days, there’s no simple answer to that question, no easy synonym we can draw. Even our real world parallels have fallen apart. Is spam like junk mail? Or is it like snipe sighs? Or something else altogether?

This isn’t an easy question but it is an important one. How we define spam is important because it determines how we treat it and what we do to stop it.

So it’s worth taking a moment to analyze the term “spam” and what it means as we approach the 10-year anniversary of the act that carries its name.Continue Reading

One Year After Panda, Is Your Content Safer?

One Year After Panda, Is Your Content Safer?

On February 24th, 2011, Google introduced it’s Panda update, supposedly a major blow against content farms and scrapers. How did it work out?Continue Reading

Another Reason to Be Careful With Your Domains

Another Reason to Be Careful With Your Domains

What happens when you let your domain expire? Sometimes it’s nothing, but in at least one case it resulted in a duplicate site on his own domain.Continue Reading

CrowdSourcing Spam Blogging?

Want to run a spam blog without the pesky copyright problems or actual work? Here’s one idea that probably won’t work.Continue Reading

4 WordPress Plugins I Would Love

As an avid WordPress user, there are a few plugins I’d like to see developed to help people protect their content.Continue Reading

6 Steps to Find a Host’s DMCA Contact

Once you’ve found an infringer and identified their host, the real quest often begins. Finding out who to contact can be the hardest part of all.Continue Reading

Google Accepts Online DMCAs for Blogger

Historically, Google has been a DMCA headache, even as its Blogger service has become overrun with spammers. That may be about to change.Continue Reading

Rise of the Twitter Scrapers

With every new medium comes an attempt to game it, usually using other people’s work. Twitter is no exception but it does provide a series of new challenges and questions. Continue Reading

Is Lijit Creating Spam Blogs?

A new service by Lijit has raised eyebrows in the content community. Does their new aggregation service provide a new solution for content licensing or just push the boundaries of what is spam?Continue Reading

The Worst DMCA Response I’ve Seen

I’ve sent hundreds of takedown notices and seen a wide variety of replies, but Joyent has taken the cake by not just failing to act, but actively defending a potential spam blogger. Continue Reading