Monday, February 21, 2005

can blog spam be solved like email spam?

i saw a great posting on the long tail blog about how we might think about blog spamming. before starting this blog, i had no idea there was such a problem known as blog spamming; after reading through some of the comments here, i'm all too familiar the symptoms.

to help alleviate the problem, i see blogger is already implementing the "nofollow" tag on all links left in comments. i think that's an awesome first step. next, i see blog hosts putting up other defenses, similar to the multiple e-mail spam detection systems in place today. as anderson puts it, this is the low hanging fruit and i'm glad to hear that six apart already has solutions under way.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It always amazes me just how many spam blogs you come across when clicking the 'next blog' link at the top of all Blogspot blogs. Lets hope Blogger finds a way to deal with them soon. Surely if Google can do it for their search engine, they can do something similar for their blog engine?

2/21/2005 05:10:00 PM  
Blogger Jarkko said...

I noticed that you have already had your fair share of blog spamming (do we have a term for this? Slam?)

Now as we have nofollow secret weapon and the good old delete comment... well, blog spammers just have to take more time and disguise their spam as a general comment on the post.

High traffic blogs are good targets for blog spammers, you probably have to pay more attention to this problem than the rest of us :)

london dan, I have also noticed the massive share of trash blogs. 1st-money-making-trash-blog
etc. I wonder how many automated blog trash content creators there are.

2/23/2005 12:36:00 AM  

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