How to Complain and Report Spam Blogger Blogs

By 10-07-2006   BloggingDomain HostingSecuritySEOTutorials

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 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. Rose DesRochers says:

    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

    • Complaints Forum says:

      The same happened to me when I reported a blog. This shouldn’t happen. They should respect people’s copyright! x(

  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. http://www.freeinfoz.com says:

    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. David Scott Aubrey says:

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

  8. What is Spam? says:

    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.

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