If you're a fan of "spy" movies and novels, you may know about the concept of "intelligence" networks.
These networks are composed of people who devote their time to clandestinely gathering and sending information, from one country to another.
Intelligence networks are large, and contain confusing and redundant casts of characters. These large numbers are necessary, to prevent the host country from detecting and stopping the activities of the networks.
Complementing the agents in intelligence, there is an equal but opposite activity - "counter intelligence".
Counter intelligence agents detect presence of enemy agent networks.
The goal of the counter intelligence agents is to detect the intelligence activities of an enemy country, and to destroy (or hijack / mislead) such activity when it's detected.
When intelligence activity, conducted by an enemy country, is detected in a host country, the counter intelligence agents start from the detected activity - and try to identify and round up the entire intelligence network.
This is a basic vulnerability of any intelligence network - detection of one component of the network can lead to detection of the entire network.
In Blogger, we see affiliate marketing networks, similarly detected.
In Blogger blogs, one will find networks of "affiliate marketing" blogs, typically involving GPT / PTC / PTS / PTV activity.
When one blog is classified as abusive, by the Blogger abuse detection process, fuzzy analysis of the "affiliate" links will frequently lead to identification of multiple blogs, involved in the same activity.
As in "intelligence network" detection, "affiliate marketing" network detection starts with the classification of one blog, and analysis of links from and to that blog. Detection of "reciprocal" links between two blogs makes it likely that both blogs are involved in the same activity.
If one blog is classified as a spam host, this then leads to the classification of both blogs, and more blogs which they jointly link from and to, as spam hosts. An entire "affiliate marketing" / GPT / PTC / PTS / PTV network can be brought down, starting with classification of one blog.
Team blogs may appear as affiliate networks.
Recently, we've seen similar treatment of team blogs. When one team member is classified as a non repentant spammer, it appears that the other team members may be given similar treatment.
Conversely, one blog involving persistent abusive behaviour / content, can cause an entire Blogger account to be deleted / locked.
If your blog is part of an "affiliate marketing" network of fraudulent activity, with reciprocal links between the blogs, shuffling your readers from blog to blog, that may be why your blog is now classified as spam - and that is why you are now here.
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