Let’s get rid of sploggers

It’s interesting. There were a raft of reports that Google’s Blogsearch had passed Technorati, but tonight I did a check once again. Google still has way more sploggers than Technorati does, at least in my experience.

On the first page of results for a Google blogsearch on my last name, I see this splogger blueboxsystem.com,  but over on Technorati I don’t see any sploggers.

How about you? Do you see any splogs on your favorite blog search engine? Who are they, so we get the teams who run these engines to remove them.

29 thoughts on “Let’s get rid of sploggers

  1. I watch Firefox pretty closely, aggregating and reading the latest search hits at feedster, google blogsearch, technorati, icerocket, blogpulse, bloglines, and blogdigger (and a couple of others that don’t come immediately to mind) and in aggregate I’m getting about 15% splog content.

    It seems like most of the splog content I’m seeing are complete posts from legitimate blogs wrapped in a splog with an unrelated page of links. This doesn’t sound like a very difficult algorithm for Google or Technorati to come up with. Look for “old” content that’s being excerpted with a high link to content ratio where the links don’t share a lot in common with the content — or something like that.

    I’m not too worried at the current levels since I can quickly move past splog content (only occasionally getting caught by an old post I don’t recognize) but if it gets a lot worse, then I’ll be forced back to the old whitelist approach and that’s just so boring :-)

    - A

  2. I watch Firefox pretty closely, aggregating and reading the latest search hits at feedster, google blogsearch, technorati, icerocket, blogpulse, bloglines, and blogdigger (and a couple of others that don’t come immediately to mind) and in aggregate I’m getting about 15% splog content.

    It seems like most of the splog content I’m seeing are complete posts from legitimate blogs wrapped in a splog with an unrelated page of links. This doesn’t sound like a very difficult algorithm for Google or Technorati to come up with. Look for “old” content that’s being excerpted with a high link to content ratio where the links don’t share a lot in common with the content — or something like that.

    I’m not too worried at the current levels since I can quickly move past splog content (only occasionally getting caught by an old post I don’t recognize) but if it gets a lot worse, then I’ll be forced back to the old whitelist approach and that’s just so boring :-)

    - A

  3. It’s impossible to not find splogs on any search. I’ve found lots of splogs in Bloglines.

    If only we could stop them, as well as spam (I can’t believe someone would go through the manual effort of reading my blog to manually send me spam with my name and relevant info on a contest I’m holding including what to put in the subject to avoid spam filters. Unbelievable.

  4. It’s impossible to not find splogs on any search. I’ve found lots of splogs in Bloglines.

    If only we could stop them, as well as spam (I can’t believe someone would go through the manual effort of reading my blog to manually send me spam with my name and relevant info on a contest I’m holding including what to put in the subject to avoid spam filters. Unbelievable.

  5. Robert,

    The sad part is that effectively finding sploggers is an issue in the first place and one, it seems that the search engines either don’t want to address or would rather wait for someone else to do it.

    The ability for a splogger to churn out hundreds or thousands of splogs is relatively easy.

  6. Robert,

    The sad part is that effectively finding sploggers is an issue in the first place and one, it seems that the search engines either don’t want to address or would rather wait for someone else to do it.

    The ability for a splogger to churn out hundreds or thousands of splogs is relatively easy.

  7. I want companies like Technorati and Sphere to succeed, and have seen Google’s Blog Search get more relevant over time, but I don’t often use any of those services at all. The way I find new blogs are through sites like yours and TechMeme or from Steve Rubel, et al. By linking to others and mentioning their work, I discover new sites and add them to my Google Reader list. That one search engine or another is being hit by splogs is frustrating, but blog searching is not yet as ubiquitous as Web searching in my opinion. The Web was born through linking, and continues to be.

  8. I want companies like Technorati and Sphere to succeed, and have seen Google’s Blog Search get more relevant over time, but I don’t often use any of those services at all. The way I find new blogs are through sites like yours and TechMeme or from Steve Rubel, et al. By linking to others and mentioning their work, I discover new sites and add them to my Google Reader list. That one search engine or another is being hit by splogs is frustrating, but blog searching is not yet as ubiquitous as Web searching in my opinion. The Web was born through linking, and continues to be.

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