Blog Spam Goes Crazy

from the finding-the-content-needle-in-the-blog-haystack dept

There's been a lot of talk in the blogworld among people who watch blogs or use blog search about how much "blog spam" has been growing in the past few months. It's not entirely clear what the blog spammers get out of it, but they build a bunch of blogs, copying content from other blogs and generally clog up search engines. However, this weekend, something tipped -- and lots of people are noticing that the blog spam problem went from a nuisance to completely out of control. Apparently, some spammers wrote a script to create thousands upon thousands of spam blogs and basically render Google's Blogspot blog hosting platform useless. Yet another example of how any kind of automated system is eventually overcome by those looking to abuse the system leading to an ongoing horse-race between spammers and programmers.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  • identicon
    Chris, 17 Oct 2005 @ 5:23am

    No Subject Given

    Also known as "How to get the word 'blog' to appear on the page 21 times and still construct a coherent news blurb."

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Omnibus Driver, 17 Oct 2005 @ 7:13am

    Blogspam/Google/Blogspot

    Perhaps you are not aware that Blogspot added a word verification component that, at least for me, has completely wiped out comment spam? (Go here: http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=1203). Any Blogspot blogger who's not using it because it's too cumbersome is insane. I'd like to note further that while Hosting Matters and other blog hosting services have experienced multiple problems, Blogspot has been relatively trouble-free since Google bought them out. A free service that provides free tools to prevent blog spam? Hmmmm... maybe they ought to just make that little piece of the offering mandatory instead of self-selected.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • icon
      Mike (profile), 17 Oct 2005 @ 7:21am

      Re: Blogspam/Google/Blogspot

      It's not *comment* spam they're talking about, but *blog* spam. Blogs, not comments, that are created by spammers to drive traffic.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

      • identicon
        fantababy, 17 Oct 2005 @ 8:23am

        Re: Blogspam/Google/Blogspot

        yes, the blog spam is still there. one of my posts have been copied word by word and pasted in their own blogs just for the sake of getting some clicks. these people usually remove the blogger nav bar which helps in flagging (marking their blog as objectionable content). dont know how to tackle these fellows.

        reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Close

Add A Reply

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Advertisment

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Discord

The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...

Loading...
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it
Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.