Apr 9, 2007

[Geeky Guide] A Spam Blog?

In recent months the issue of splogs or "spam blogs" has been on the rise, with claims that up to 75% of Blogger blogs are spam

Over the weekend, the above word verification box started appearing on my Post page, which I figured was a new method of fighting splog creation implemented across all Blogger blogs. It wasn't until I tried clicking on the help icon (the orange disc with a question mark in it) that I realized it wasn't something all blogs had but instead triggered my some automated algorithm that has flagged my blog as being potentially spammy. Ouchies Google! Is this what my love for you gets me? =P

Anyway, there's a form that you need to fill out and you'll need to wait for a human to review your blog to determine if you're really spammy or not. I can only imagine how many other bloggers who use the platform have all started seeing the same annoying verification box on their entries - hopefully they all checked the help icon to realize that action is needed in order to remove it. I'm sure that'll take some time depending on how many false positives occurred as they attempted to find all these splogs on Blogger. In the mean time, I need to continue to deal with the word verification box every time I post. Hateful!


  1. Sigh. Knowing that my blogger blog is in the company of slogs makes me want to jump over the Wordpress platform all the more.

  2. haha, well i don't know about doing that just yet. i've played around with WordPress and I find some aspect of it cumbersome since I encode my entries in HTML as opposed to the WYSIWYG editor.

    At least they're doing something to reduce the number of splogs, right?

  3. I think you can disable WYSIWYG in WordPress. That is the default in my blog.

  4. true enough, although i hate the need to insert either P tags or BR just to get the formatting right.

    Anyway, it's a moot point, my blog has been reviewed - and within 24 hours to boot. Not bad, Blogger...