Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Blogger: On Spam

Blogger has solved the splog problem! They posted to their blog about splogs. Now they can move on to ignoring them again.

Basically it says, yeah its a problem and we will see if we can do something about it, but its not our fault. And just like most spam friendly hosts, they emphasise that "even if spam were completely solved on Blog*Spot, there would still be a problem." So what? Do your part! Being the top search engine and a major blog host, that part should be pretty big.

Well, their post did list one thing they are actually doing, they are now going to be offering a list of deleted subdomains, which has been asked for by many. But isn't the solution to prevent them from being created in the first place?

FightSplog has some comments which at least for the moment the top post linked to in that post's "Links to this post."

Chris Pirillo also made it to that list with his 10 suggestions for Google. But don't forget FightSplog made some of the same ones last month.

Update: This post made it to the top of that list for a bit too. So looking at the list more carefully, it is done using Javascript and some server side stuff. They are just backlinks, nothing special. I assumed there would be more people who posted about this "announcement" so the list would be longer if it was just backlinks, but apparently not at the time I read it.

Anyway, this method of listing backlinks is interesting. It should be relatively spam proof since the backlinks come from Google's Blog Search. It is available for all Blogspot users, you just have to turn it on.

Since no one at GOOGLE will admit or even tell us to what is going on, I have had to talk to other bloggers to find out why I have not been able to post for two days.

Supposedly, blogs with few posts - and I have 300 in one year - but with a lot of links have been shut down without any prior warning by Google. Even Microsoft at its worst has never screwed over its customers this badly.

Now as I write a blog about the media - most of my posts link to the articles I am write about, hence I have a lot of links. But Goggle has now decided to censor my views and no longer allows me to post.

All I get is this:

006 Please contact Blogger Support.blog/46/41/4/lacowboy/index.html

Except - there is no way to contact anyone at blogger support...

Brady Westwater
High Google and Yahoo link popularity can be yours,
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