Splog Attack on the Blogosphere

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Weekend De Light - Issue 2 - 22/10/05

I have to admit, when I first heard about "splogs" (spam blogs) in a blog I dare name, I thought to myself "oh, this guy’s just trying to invent the next name which everyone will blog about — doubt it will work. Also doubt this whole splog attack he’s talking about is even slightly true". Of course, I was wrong. It’s a major problem and people including Mark Cuban to Chris Pirillo (one of the first two people to notice this) to…ohh….see for yourself….942 people (or 300 splogs??) have blogged about this.

It’s obviously a major issue and is hitting blog search engines as we speak. Chris Pirillo received a response officially from Google telling him that Google is working on it and should be fixed ASAP. Mark Cuban’s venture IceRocket has blocked all or any new posts coming from blogspot.com at this moment. Of course, Cuban promises all this will be re-enabled once they get their filters together or maybe Google fixes this problem. Heck, Kailash Nadh of Pingoat and BoastMachine has even built a "spam blog search engine" called SplogSpot which searches through only spam blogs it has found and lets you use this data through an API to your benefit.

As you can see, the blogsphere at this moment is just a mess. I would like to thank all those screen-scraping-money-making-no-original-content spammers for this who are probably sitting in their room having a laugh and waiting for their next totally legitimate Adsense check to arrive. Thanks sploggers, you’ve just hurricane’d the blogosphere and made a thousand dollars! As the Lotto slogan goes: how great would it feel?


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