Quick Online Tips recently posted “How to Complain and Report Spam Blogger Blogs”, a good look at the procedures you need to take to report, and hopefully remove, splogs.
A splog is a “spam blog”, a blog that copies content from other blogs without permission (though there might be a link back), using that content as if it was their own. It’s a little more complex than that, as some mix and match content from many blogs, or mix and match content from different posts into one post. The key to identifying a splog is that the content is not their own, and typically there is no original content to be found.
Splogs tend to have content unrelated to the title and reported purpose of the blog. They also may use content taken from other blogs and stuff their own keywords into the post, promoting whatever they are selling like ringtones, porn sites, drugs, dating, casinos, etc.
For the most part, it is easy to spot a splog, but much harder to get it shut down. If they are using your content, you can use the techniques in my article on content theft and definitely take advantage of the step-by-step instructions offered by Quick Online Tips.
Reporting Spam Blogs – Splogs – To WordPress.com
WordPress.com is also vulnerable to hosting splogs as there is no checks and balances upon request for a free WordPress.com blog to determine the intent of the user. That’s great, but it does result in abuse.
While the WordPress.com staff and volunteers do their best to keep an eye out for splogs, if you find one, report it using the FEEDBACK link in your WordPress Administration panel. Make sure you give them the URL/address and tell them you think it’s a spammer or splog. They will investigate it and are usually fairly quick in their response to removing the splog.
Remember, no matter what action you take to report or complain about a splogger, it takes time to get the site removed. Be patient. It can take a week or more to get a response let alone an action. There are no requirements on deadlines for a response or action in these matters. Be patient and take no other action until you have given the hosts plenty of time to respond. Do not take revenge, nor any public action until the proper procedures have time to work.
Do report it. Bring it to the attention of the authorities. Huge crack downs are happening all over the place to stop spamming blogs, and with your watchful eye, you can help, too.
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