What is a SPAM blog?

After receiving a letter form Google/Blogger informing that my Mom writes for a cause is a spam blog, I also found this on my dashboard in red letters.

“This blog has been locked due to possible Blogger Terms of Service violations. You may not publish new posts until your blog is reviewed and unlocked.
This blog will be deleted within 20 days unless you request a review.”

After pressing the request unlock review button

This is what came up.

Your blog is marked as spam
Blogger’s spam-prevention robots have detected that your blog has characteristics of a spam blog. (What’s a spam blog?) Since you’re an actual person reading this, your blog is probably not a spam blog. Automated spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and we sincerely apologize for this false positive.
We received your unlock request on September 17, 2009. On behalf of the robots, we apologize for locking your non-spam blog. Please be patient while we take a look at your blog and verify that it is not spam.
Find out more about how Blogger is fighting spam blogs.

I want to be enlightened on this. Here’s what’s Blogger has to say about SPAM BLOGS. I’m posting it in toto:

Is spam permitted on Blogger?

What Are Spam Blogs?

As with many powerful tools, blogging services can be both used and abused. The ease of creating and updating webpages with Blogger has made it particularly prone to a form of behavior known as link spamming. Blogs engaged in this behavior are called spam blogs, and can be recognized by their irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical text, along with a large number of links, usually all pointing to a single site.

Spam blogs cause various problems, beyond simply wasting a few seconds of your time when you happen to come across one. They can clog up search engines, making it difficult to find real content on the subjects that interest you. They may scrape content from other sites on the web, using other people’s writing to make it look as though they have useful information of their own. And if an automated system is creating spam posts at an extremely high rate, it can impact the speed and quality of the service for other, legitimate users.
What We’re Doing About Spam

Needless to say, we do not approve of spamming here at Blogger. Below are some of the things we’ve implemented to remove and reduce spam on our service. We will update this list as we continue our efforts.

* Automated spam classifying algorithms keep spam blogs out of NextBlog and out of our “Recently Published” list on the dashboard.
* The same classifiers are used to require an extra word verification field on the posting form for potential spam blogs. This makes it harder for spammers to set up automated systems to do their posting, since a human needs to complete this step.
* The Flag as Objectionable button in the Navbar lets you notify us of problem blogs that you find, so we can review them and take appropriate action.
* Report spam here.

I’ll wait for Google/Blogger’s response on my review request. I’ll keep you posted.

9 thoughts on “What is a SPAM blog?

  1. Yami

    Chubs nawala na ‘yung notice dun sa dashboard ko. I can’t help but feel suspicious talaga baka may disgruntled na reader ‘lam mo na ‘di niya type ang site ko o ako kaya nireport as spam ang Mom writes. Sana nga robot lang ‘yon at hindi gawa ng tao based sa notice.

    Thanks sis for the concern. I appreciate it. 🙂

  2. shykulasa

    heard stories like these from other bloggers, siguro sis baka nga robot error lang, minsan kasi hindi precise yung algorithms ng blogger, they need to review these more ….

  3. Yami

    Hi sis. thanks for the reassurance na robot lang. we may never know kasi. kung sabagay nakapag-post naman ako kanina at nakapag-comment pa ako ngayon ‘yun lang I have to sign a word verification box sa sarili kong site. Thanks talaga sister andiyan ka parati. 🙂

  4. U.Pink

    oooppsss.. nangyari na’to sa friend ko one time.. kaso yung sa kanya kasi, talagang masasabing spam blog.. she kept on copy-pasting stuff from other sites kasi.. tapos, she was clicking her ads pa.. ayun! blocked forever ang blog nya 🙁 di kasi sya naniwala saken nong una na pwede talaga sya mahuli ng google..

    in your case sis, napagkamalan ka lang.. hindi den talaga accurate ang google sa dinami-dami den ng accounts na chinecheck nila..
    so stay put ka lang.. walang dapat ipag-alala kasi legal naman talaga ang blog mo.. sila den mismo magsosorry sayo 😀

  5. Yami

    hmmm…may naalala ako bigla as in pagkabasa ko ng comment mo re copy paste. ‘yung huli kong entry sa Yam’s Files ginamit ko sa ibang site dati. pero sis naman akin ‘yun kahit saan korte makarating ipaglalaban ko ‘yun kasi article ko ‘yun na napublished sa People’s Tonight. ewan ko lang kung may kinalaman ang Ecstasy post ko sa spam eklavu ng Google sa Mom writes. Isaksak ko pa sa lungs nila o kaya hanapin at ipakilala ko ‘yung mga character sa storya ko sa kanila pati na sa person/robot na may kinalaman sa spam attack na ito sa akin. duda ko talaga may tao sa likod nito eh. mum lang ako sa ngayon. kapag naulit pa mum pa rin ako kasi di ko kilala ang mga taong ito. hehe

    Thanks sa insight, sis. may nakuha ako sa comment mo copy paste.


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