Saturday, July 28, 2012

Your Blogger Blog, And The Wave Of Spam Behind You

The sport of ocean surfing has been described as something like "constantly falling down an ever advancing wall of water", while trying to stay upright and ahead of the wall of water (aka the "wave"). Publishing a Blogger blog, and dealing with the spam, is similar to surfing.

I am frequently advising people, who complain about the constant waves of spurious spam classifications, blog clones (aka "content thieves"), and referer spam, to keep looking ahead - and keep publishing their blogs. Like ocean surfing, you want to keep looking ahead and remain standing - don't fall down, and let the wave behind wash over you. The latter leads to drowning.

Blogger blogging provides a great environment for spammers to operate.
What more could any spammer ask for?
  • Free address space.
  • Content provided by other people.
  • Advertising provided by other people.
  • Activity provided by other people.
And that is the wall of spam, that we, as publishers of Blogger blogs, have to stay ahead of.

How do we stay ahead of the wall, constantly approaching? Keep publishing your blog, keep watching your reader audience, and ignore the spam.

Let Blogger / Google deal with the spammer population.

Look ahead, stay upright, and don't fall down.

And that's surfing, in the ocean of Blogger blogs.

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3 comments:

nicole mahramus said...

Hi, As regards your helpful insights into the misfortunes that may befall us, what is the right way to access your server logs? Best to ask a first hand, trusted instructor. Thanks

dalesdreams said...

I have comment moderation in place and I don't think that I have ever gotten any spam on my blog.

Maybe, I am just not that popular. ;)

But, what I have found is that peeps that don't have moderation in place will get spam comments on blog posts that are a year or more old.

Just putting that out there...

Chuck Croll said...

Nicole,

With a Blogger blog, the Stats display is the closest thing you have to "server logs".

Raw "server logs" are accessible only to server administrators - not to Blogger blog owners. Stats pageview counts are derived from the "server logs".

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2012/04/referer-spam-cannot-be-blocked.html