Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Adding AdBrite Ads To Your Blog May Cause Spurious Spam Classification

For several months, we've been seeing reports from various Blogger blog owners, about yet another possible source of spurious spam classification.
I just received the email:
Hello,

Your blog at http://yourblog.blogspot.com/ has been reviewed and confirmed as in violation of our Terms of Service for: MALICIOUS_JAVASCRIPT. In accordance to these terms, we've removed the blog and the URL is no longer accessible. For more information, please review the following resources:

Blogger Terms of Service: http://blogger.com/terms.g
Blogger Content Policy: http://blogger.com/go/contentpolicy

-The Blogger Team

This happened almost immediately after I added HTML script recommended to me from AdBrite.

Use of the dashboard review request will generally repeat the originally offered verdict.
MALICIOUS_JAVASCRIPT.
In most cases, final review, when properly requested in the forum, will finally result in the blog being restored.

Review of various discussions in Webmaster Central indicate that AdBrite is not well regarded, in anti malware circles. One helper there suggested that AdBrite has a problem with security, allowing spammers to publish into their service - which puts unacceptable content on the blogs showing their ads.

If you want to publish a Blogger blog which does not get periodically locked as a suspected spam host, you might want to consider using a different ad hosting service - and to remove any similar third party gadgets from your blog.

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