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Monday, October 17, 2005

 
In common with a few other people such as Chris Pirillo I've noticed a huge increase in splogs - spam weblogs in the last few days. I have an RSS feed from Blogpulse that digs out references to me, and I've had a large number of totally bogus hits recently. For those of you unfamiliar with these things, they are set up by people who think a blog is the way to get traffic, but they're too bone idle to do it properly. They'll find existing links and copy them into their own blogs, throw in some linking text and they're off and away.

These are almost exclusively created using Blogger.com software and they're a real pain. Chris seems to be getting somewhere with Google - at least they've responded to his email (which is more than they've done with mine about the Google Librarian Center!), but they really need to do something rather more than whitter.

I like Google, and I like using Blogger, but Google really needs to act on this, sooner rather than later.

Comments:
I noticed the same thing. I get an RSS feed from Technorati for posts mentioning 'woodturning'. Out of 15 items, all but 3 were garbage.

All had blogspot addresses in the form of:
word-randomcharacters.blogspot.com
 
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