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Stop Posting Clickable Links To Malware

Every week, JohnBlogger or some other indignant blogger posts in one of the Google Blogger Help forums
Hey, you need to get rid of blog http://obnoxiousblog.blogspot.com.
In most cases, they are doing a good and noble thing - informing Blogger (through the forum) that obnoxiousblog needs to be purged. Sometimes, a Blogger Employee will cruise through the forum, see the post, and remove obnoxiousblog.

But this won't happen all of the times, and it won't happen immediately. And until obnoxiousblog is removed, JohnBlogger is helping the criminals that provide obnoxiousblog, and others like it. And obnoxiousblog (and others like it) are part of immense groups of splogs, that are used for hacking, and providing you with more spam in your email, in your online discussions, and in the web in general.

And, even if it does happen, and Blogger purges obnoxiousblog, there will be 10 like it to take its place, almost immediately. Hundreds of splogs like obnoxiousblog are posted daily.

Until January 2008, obnoxiousblog would have no problem with getting readers. The "Next\\\\Porn Blog" link would get readers a plenty. In January, Blogger put a stop to that, and made the "Next Blog" link work only for genuine personal blogs, like yours and mine.

So now, a part (at least some part) of traffic to obnoxiousblog depends upon folks posting, in online forums
Hey, check out my blog!
http://obnoxiousblog.blogspot.com
Some of them do this intentionally, others are like JohnBlogger, who are trying to do a public service (we hope), but in reality, they help the sploggers.

Please, JohnBlogger, remove your posts which contain clickable links.
Go to the post in question.
  1. Click on "More options" at the top right.
  2. Click on "Remove".
  3. Click on "Yes, remove it now.".


If you feel the need to report obnoxiousblog, report it but make the link non-clickable.
Hey, you need to get rid of blog hxxp://obnoxiousblog.blogspot.com.
That's a non-clickable link, and it shows other bloggers how to report obnoxious blogs too.

Next, let's get to the business of getting the splogs removed. Please.
  1. Flag the splogs.
  2. Report the splogs.
  3. Move on.


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