How to Complain and Report Spam Blogger Blogs

By 10-07-2006   BloggingDomain HostingSecuritySEOTutorials
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How can you report and complain about these spam Blogger blogs on blogspot? There are hundreds of spam blogs (also called Splogs) in the blogosphere, mostly created on free blogging platform Blogger.

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Some typical spam blog features

Many people set up a free Blogger blogspot blog as there is no identity proof required, no whois information from registered domain names or webhosting tracked. Blogger provides ad free unlimited free webhosting on blogspot.com subdomains with no bandwidth restrictions and free image hosting.

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Then they copy lots of good high paying keyword rich popular content from several different websites and blogs. And do not credit or even mention the source. Finally they put up Google Adsense contextual advertising to earn money quickly.

Usually there is no feedback form or email to reply to contact them. Even if there is a email link or contact form – dont expect a reply back. Comments are either disabled, or moderated and you comment explaining them to remove your copyrighted content never appears live.

The Blogger navbar will usually be hidden so that you cannot click the “Flag” button to report the blog. So how do you report a Blogger Blog for Violation of TOS?

Since most bloggers do not link back to such spam blogs – Multiple spam blogs link to each other to get backlinks and increase page rank, and are search engine optimized in such a way that their urls will turn up higher in SERP’s than the original content source.

What action Blogger might take

The “Flag?” button notifies Blogger staff about potentially questionable content, and they can “unlist” such blogs, which means they won’t be promoted on Blogger.com but will still be available on the web. For more serious cases such as spam blogs or sites engaging in illegal activity, they might removing content and deleting accounts when necessary.

Complain to Blogger.com

  • Click the “Flag” if the navbar is still existent on top of the blogspot blog. But you will find that most splogs hide the blogger navbar. As per Blogger terms of service, only FTP Publishers can hide the navbar. When the navbar is hidden, Consuming Experience has created a greasemonkey script which will restore the flag icon back into the blogger blog and then you can flag it.
  • Send feedback – Blogger has a page where you can report a spam blog.

Report to Google Adsense

There are high chances that such blogs are earning advertising revenue from Google Adsense pay per click program that earns money quickly. You can also report to other affiliate programs they are running onsite like Chitika eminimalls, commission junction, adbrite etc.

  • Click on the “Ads by Gooooogle” link. It takes you to a page where you can give feedback about ads. Click the link “Send Google your thoughts on the ads you just saw” and a form drops down. In the subject, select “report a violation”. Add an email (optional) if you want a reply back.
  • Email Google Adsense and report a policy violation. Subject the email as ‘AdSense Policy Violation’, describe in detail the problem and send this email to adsense-abuse@google.com

Complain to Feedburner

Feedburner now provides an option to contact them to report feed content republishing. Works if someone else has burned a FeedBurner feed of your content, or there is a website displaying content from your feed without your consent.

Inform Search Engines

Reporting terms violation to popular search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN. These search engines can remove such sites from their index and such sites will turn up zero results which defeats the purpose of these splogs.

  • Contact GoogleReport a Spam Result if you believe that another site is abusing Google’s quality webmaster guidelines. They thoroughly investigate every report of deceptive practices and take appropriate action when genuine abuse is found.
  • Contact Yahoo Search – If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, tell Yahoo.
  • Splogspot is a service maintaining a database of spam blogs. It mainly derives data from the blacklist that Pingoat pinging tool generates. Pingoat has automated software that can detect spam blogs. SplogSpot also accepts manual splog submissions, that are first reviewed and then added to the database. Submit a splog to splogspot.

Another useful related resource is What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content

Update: On a related note, if you’ve come across a blog on WordPress.com you believe is spam or spammy – report it here.

38 comments on “How to Complain and Report Spam Blogger Blogs

  1. When reporting splog to blogger, they reply with “Thank you for your note. Blogger is a provider of content creation tools, not a mediator of that content. We allow our users to create blogs, but we don’t make any claims about the content of these pages. In cases where contact information for the author is listed on the page, we recommend working directly with this person to have this information removed or changed.”

    The Report a Spam Result returns a page cannot be displayed.

    You can submit a splog to http://www.splogreporter.com

  2. Amy Gahran says:

    Thanks for explaining these techniques. I can see how some of this advice would apply far more widely than Blogger, so i’ve just recommended your article to my readers.

    See: http://snipurl.com/x5fc

    Thanks,

    Amy Gahran

  3. Ryan Waddell says:

    Actually, you can report a spam blog directly at this page:

    http://help.blogger.com/?page=troubleshooter.cs&problem=&contact_type=Spam&Submit=Submit

  4. James Newton says:

    Google is doing evil via Blogspot.com. There is no reason they could not be checking thier own members content for hidden navbar flags, common spam keywords or other TOS violations.

    Thanks for the info and especially thanks to Ryan for the direct link to the reporting page and to Rose for splogreporter.com

  5. I have many experience in blog spams. I have more than 20 per day (maybe not alot considered), but it sure took me time to moderate these comments. All posting links to sell something.. This is a nuisance!

  6. Dick says:

    Hi,

    Has anyone come across the issue of Blogspot spam that can not be flagged because the site forwards to the spam site or pill site in this case?

    Thanks to the post above I was able to find where to report the URL. After 30 minutes at Blogspot I could not find that link!

    Thanks for that one!

  7. Champion! Thank you for the info! There’s at least one splogger out there who’s now been reported!

  8. It’s in Blogger’s interest to allow spam. Google profits from the Adsense revenue just like the spammers do. Why should they stop a viable revenue avenue?

  9. Penguin Pete says:

    I’m sorry to break this to you guys, but Blogger.com is a slumlord. There’s about five serious sites left on Blogger.com and the rest are spam. Google bought it, but they haven’t done anything with it. When I was on it, I got zero response from anywhere for anything; there is no person reading the mail.

  10. Jeanette says:

    I noticed that the same evil sploggers switched to wordpress hosted on obscure sites. Do you have the link to protest to wordpress?

    Thank you.

  11. @Jeanette – If youve come across a blog on WordPress.com you believe is spam or spammy – report it here.

  12. I disagree with the poster who said blogger.com is a slumlord! Many people started with blogger.com and can’t see a reason to change. All of my blogs have been shut down briefly because blogger.com’s robots thought they might be spam (nearly every post has a link to my site or another site of interest).

    My articles have been misappropriated by wordpress blogs almost every day. Now that I’ve got a place to report, I’m going to start.

  13. Jeanette says:

    Success! For the first time, I went to a content stealing blog and this is what I got: “This blog is in violation of Blogger’s Terms of Service …”

    I have been reporting blogs which post my articles without bios or active links for over a year. This is the first time I’ve seen this message. Frequently, the blogs disappeared. And, then someone started posting my articles on p0rn sites–not a good image for a college instructor.

    My attorney told me that authors need to fight copyright violations.

    Thank you for the WordPress link. I hope to see some improvement with those blogs, too.

  14. Hrw says:

    Does Splogblog still run? Their list of recent splogs is not updated for long time. I reported few splogs but looks like there is no response to it.

  15. Diane says:

    I am running to a big problem with splogs showing up on obscure wordpress MU sites and their own domains. Then they are popping up on blog.com, friendster, livejournal, and other such sites.

    Splog Reporter does not work anymore.

    Splogs are like a virus invading the web.

  16. Joana says:

    Congrats for the Entry. Very Good Tips to Report Spammers !!!!

  17. Secma says:

    This is really a Quick Guide to “SPAM REPORT”… Thks

  18. Hector says:

    Nothing works to report SPAMMERS they are here to stay for one reason, big companies don’t care about it! otherwise they would hire people to actually respond to SPAM complaints. And by the way Obama is the antichrist, just so you know

  19. jessie says:

    thank you so much for the great tips. my blog is presently suffering from being copied my scrapers.

  20. sap abap says:

    Thank you for the list of things at least we can try.

    What i mean to say is we can just try for some one stealing the content and we have to wait for the results.

  21. km says:

    Nice listing, i have learn a lot from this article about report spam blogger blogs

  22. Dwayne Wright says:

    You are doing a disservice to bloggers here and I’m sure it is not intentional. I have had one of my blogs reported as a spam blog by either mistake or someone just wanting to be mean. It is has been over a month now. I have asked Google for a review 3 times because evidently your requests time out. You have to continue to check. No feedback from Google one way or another and no way to find a link to contact anyone about an issue. I agree SPAM in any form is bad but so is killing good blogs and reader continue to send you email wondering why you are not postings anymore.

  23. Steve says:

    Dwayne – you have illustrated why blogging on blogspot or other free platform is not a good idea – your work of years can be taken away at someone’s whim.

    Also, did anyone else notice that Kurye’s comment (26/2/08) was a spam comment?

    Steve

  24. Google Doesn't Seem to Care says:

    Unfortunately, Google doesn’t seem to care anymore about spam on blogspot.

    Some people are taking articles that have been written by other people from Ezine Articles. They then post these articles on blogspot blogs that they create.

    Throughout the body of the article they place links to their main sites. They do this to get easy backlinks so that they can manipulate the search results.

    Thus, they not only violate the TOS of Ezine Articles, but also infringe on the copyright of those who have written these articles.

    I have reported one blog three times over a period of several weeks for doing this. But Google has done nothing about it!

    I think a class action lawsuit is called for here. Maybe that will wake Google up!

  25. yan says:

    hi, thank you for this post. It taught me a lot of hidden issues of blogging. Let us pray that there will be more professional bloggers out there. Thank you again.

  26. kristr says:

    Thanks for information, It just helped me to report some spam sites.

  27. iLinda says:

    Thanks for your great information. My site was ripped few days before. Hope this article will help me in the near future.

  28. Peter says:

    Recently I found some blog that just copied my posts. After reading this post, now I know how to deal with it. thx

  29. how many time does it take since report is supplied ?!

    so we are in 2k11, maybe some update are available ?

    Sebastien

  30. ma90do says:

    Success! For the first time, I went to a content stealing blog and this is what I got: “This blog is in violation of Blogger’s Terms of Service …

  31. Gerard says:

    The same happened to me when I reported a blog. This shouldn’t happen.

  32. Chelsea says:

    My question wasn’t about someone stealing my content (I don’t think anybody wants to, (heck I might be flattered–kidding) I can’t stop this spam on my blog, and it’s messing up my stats. I finally had to turn off comments (members only comment) because they were relentless, and it was totaly unrelated crap. I don’t care if people post a link, that’s fine, I do it too, but it’s about the subject we’re discussing, so that doesn’t bother me, it’s the webcrawler spam I don’t know how to stop.

  33. Kacey says:

    My question is NOT about Spam, but rather does anyone know of an email addy (or some other means) to complain/express concern over images posted on blogspot that don’t fit any of the categories on the “Fix your issue now”?

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  36. Manohar says:

    How many days the Google team will take to review our report? Also i have another question that is why blogger team doesn’t reviewing spam comments quickly that we being reported since many days? Is there any easy way to control them. I also submitted a report against to a spammy websites. Thanks for sharing this post….

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