can blog spam be solved like email spam?

February 21, 2005

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.

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  1. Rose Says:

    blog spamming? can always count on tuckermaxxxxxxxxx 😛

  2. London Dan Says:

    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?

  3. FishNorFowl Says:

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  4. FishNorFowl Says:

    Mark, it would be nice to know what you think about this article on IT Product Management. And even better if you could analyze the conclusions in light of your observations at Google (if you can). http://www.marketingprofs.com/5/steinhardt2.asp

    Some telling insights:

    “… the ever-familiar challenges that the majority of product managers now encounter daily, caused by ambiguous role definition, imbalanced relationships with other departments, an overwhelming volume of activities, a lack of or poorly defined processes, no definitive methodology and a shortage of uniform work tools in the profession.

    The overall perceived obstacle that the typical product manager encounters is the pervasive lack of professional focus.”

    “When a job title has an overly broad set of diverse activities (roles and responsibilities) associated with it, there is a high probability that the attempt to perform to the expectations of that job title will result in failure.”

    “Executive managers have very clear work goals that primarily center on achieving corporate profitability. Software developers, for example, also know what they aim for—usually, generating lean and efficient programming code.

    However, many product managers provide widely different answers when asked what their job goal is. They also find it difficult to provide a definitive answer. Obviously, this situation stems from an overly broad and task-oriented (not goal-oriented) job description.”

    -F

  5. Jarkko Says:

    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
    1st-money-earning-trash-blog
    etc. I wonder how many automated blog trash content creators there are.


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