Sunday, September 11, 2005

Spamflagging SaturSunday

Well, oops, I forgot about Flag Day: we went out for a longish hike (report to follow, with an exciting incident halfway through) and it slipped my mind.

But hey, better late than never. Here’s a quick 100-Next-Blog’s worth. As usual, all links are nofollow. Flag away:

  1. foamepi.blogspot.com
    “Internet foam info”
  2. interactivevoiceresponselv8.blogspot.com
    “Online interactive voice response articles”
  3. enyalf4.blogspot.com: Internet enya guide
    “Internet enya guide”
  4. inuyashailv.blogspot.com
    “Helpful inuyasha articles”
  5. maplebat7no.blogspot.com
    “Your maple bat resources”
  6. indiancurrysecrets.blogspot.com
    “Indian restaurant curry secrets”
  7. plantarfasciitisd5o.blogspot.com
    “Your plantar fasciitis resources”
  8. toyotacorolla1ox.blogspot.com
    “Free toyota corolla information”
  9. drivingundertheinfluencedkf.blogspot.com
    “Internet driving under the influence guide”
  10. charliechaplinuji.blogspot.com
    “Internet charlie chaplin resources”
  11. dashboardconfessionalqic.blogspot.com
    “Internet dashboard confessional resources”
  12. surfboardblogsite.blogspot.com
    “SurfBoard Blogsite—AutoSurf Top Picks”
  13. customcoing8x.blogspot.com
    “Internet custom coin articles”
  14. darwin3l9.blogspot.com
    “Your darwin guide”
  15. eharmony8i0.blogspot.com
    “Your e harmony info”
  16. internetsoftwaresaf.blogspot.com
    “Your internet software guide”
  17. sugargliderhi2.blogspot.com
    “Your sugar glider guide”
  18. softballglovesrmy.blogspot.com
    “Your softball gloves resources”
  19. tandembicycles8nf.blogspot.com
    “Free tandem bicycles articles”
  20. shuqiicd.blogspot.com
    “Internet shu qi articles”
  21. metallicaticketnaj.blogspot.com
    “Helpful metallica ticket resources”
  22. skateboardersh2d.blogspot.com
    “Online skateboarders guide”
  23. gundamwing2w5.blogspot.com
    “Your gundam wing guide”
  24. homecenter9ly.blogspot.com
    “Helpful home center resources”
  25. mansionjx9.blogspot.com
    “Helpful mansion info”
  26. digestqup.blogspot.com
    “Helpful digest information”
  27. memorymxq.blogspot.com
    “memory information”
  28. charterleague.blogspot.com
    “charter”
  29. anthraxcot.blogspot.com
    “Your anthrax guide”
  30. ads33e.blogspot.com
    “Helpful ads guide”
  31. chinawomanju4.blogspot.com
    “Free china woman information”
  32. lovespellshy2.blogspot.com
    “Helpful love spells resources”
  33. aquariusyoy.blogspot.com
    “Free aquarius articles”
Well, so much for keeping spam off Next Blog; today, 33% 32% of the blogs I visited were spam. Pretty poor.

There’s an obvious pattern here: all but 3 2 of the spam blogs look alike. Green “Son of Moto” templates; “guide”, “resources”, “articles”, and “info” titles; owners with a single name, one blog, no profile information; piles of posts containing, and linking to, news articles scraped from elsewhere; and dead AdSense blocks. Someone, or something, is trying to game Google, Blogger, and AdSense on a massive scale, creating fake blogs stuffed full of keywords in an attempt to lure in surfers searching for information and tempt them into clicking adverts. It looks like the AdSense team is onto this; but Blogger clearly isn’t yet.

In related news, all the spam blogs I identified last Saturday, and the Saturday before, are still up. So much for flagging as a community anti-spam action: it seems to make no difference whatsoever.

Biz Stone, writing on Blogger Buzz earlier this week:

Spam blogs are unique in that we have no qualms about rooting them out and bringing them to a desperate and violent end.
Oh really? Well, I’m still waiting.

(And finally: what on earth is a sugar glider? A small Australiasian possum, which glides between trees like a flying squirrel.)

[Update October 23 2005: the proprietor of SurfBoard Blogsite comments to disagree with my categorisation as spam. On second viewing, I'm inclined to agree: while the subject matter and presentation still come across to me as spammy, the the content seems genuine enough. Unflagged.]

Categories: Spam

Comments:

I'm seriously wondering what's your agenda with my Blog. If my Blog is spam then I think you are so wrong. I will fix the mistake if I were you.

"Well, so much for keeping spam off Next Blog; today, 33% of the blogs I visited were spam. Pretty poor.

There’s an obvious pattern here: all but 30 of the spam blogs look alike. Green “Son of Moto” templates; “guide”, “resources”, “articles”, and “info” titles; owners with a single name, one blog, no profile information; piles of posts containing, and linking to, news articles scraped from elsewhere; and dead AdSense blocks. Someone, or something, is trying to game Google, Blogger, and AdSense on a massive scale, creating fake blogs stuffed full of keywords in an attempt to lure in surfers searching for information and tempt them into clicking adverts. It looks like the AdSense team is onto this; but Blogger clearly isn’t yet.

In related news, all the spam blogs I identified last Saturday, and the Saturday before, are still up. So much for flagging as a community anti-spam action: it seems to make no difference whatsoever."
Sorry, rushproj: my immediate reaction, when presented by Next Blog with your page full of animated banners, ad buttons, and links, was to think "looks like spam to me". I didn't spot that you do have genuine personally-written content, and for that I apologize. I'll add a correction.

Would it be fair to say, though, that your blog exists mostly to generate referral clickthroughs and signups to the programs you link to?

For me, these waters are a little spammy, even if your blog itself is not.
Dear James,
I thank you for the time that you took to review your comments on my Blog. It was brought to my attention that you had initially listed my Blog as a spam Blog by my readers via Technorati. I understand your fight against spam Blogs and I fully support your cause. I too was spammed just about everyday with at least 5 of them until Blooger started the word verification feature. After turning it on, my Blog is amazingly spam free. I'm not sure how this things work but I'm now inclined to think that they are basically spreading in form of maybe "spam spiders"? Again, I'm not the expert here.

Yes, my Blog(s) consist mainly of banners and links to referral programmes. I would believe that still does not consistute to my Blog being a spam Blog. I do not go around posting comments such as "Hi, you've got a great Blog! Come and visit mine too! I've got some of the best pharmacy... flowers... diet pills... or what have you." I've come to notice that such Blogs are rarely updated and hold just a handful of post anyway.

I thank you for re-looking at my Blog again. At this time I do have a little request which I think is only fair. Please ask your community of anti-spam Bloggers whom may have accidentally "flagged" my Blog(s) to "unflag" them.

Warm Regards,
Nicholas.