In response to Matt Cutts’ request on how Google should work on web spam, a friend of mine gives him a very good summary of how Google can put an end to one the biggest blights on the web: splogs. In A big free clue for Google, he points out:
Like many bloggers I can spot a splog in less than 10 seconds. The common features:
* Every entry has “wrote an interesting post” “read the rest of the post here” “..talked today about”
* Most entries are uncategorised
* There is an absence of comments…
Now if I can join those dots why can’t Google? Why can’t the other search engines?
He’s so right. If we can quickly spot a splog when we see one, why can’t Google, the omnipotent profiling algorithm, figure this out and put a stop to these? They have plenty to work with, overrun as they are with tons of Blogpost splogs in desperate need of some serious housekeeping. Why not use these splog spotting techniques to clean up their own house first?
Until then, we can report spam blogs (splogs) when we find them. If you want to do more, why not tell the world (and Google) how to clean up splogs on your blog. Let your voice and ideas be heard. We’re a creative lot when we put our blogs to it. Why not tell Google what you recommend to clean up it’s act.
- Splogging or Clogging: The Worst of the Worst of Blogging
- Splogs on the Rise on Blogspot
- Blogs That Look Like Blogs But Ain’t – Splogs
- Proud to Showcase YOUR Work: Sploggers Turn Dopplebloggers
- Reporting Spam Blogs – Splogs
- One Year Anniversary Review: Splogs – The Dark Side of Blogging
- How To Spot a Splog
- AntiLeech Splog Stopper: Fighting Back Against Content Thieves
- Wrong Thinking: Accusing Blogroll Links Not Sploggers