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.
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 email@example.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 Google – Report 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.