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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Custom Domain Publishing, And Spam Classification

We see the naive question sometimes, in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I?, about avoiding spam classification by publishing to a non BlogSpot URL.
Can I keep my blog from being deleted, by publishing to a non BlogSpot URL?
This is a complex question, because custom domain publishing provides several possibilities. But will the possibilities provide an opportunity for avoiding spam classification?

Custom domain publishing, in its simplest form, offers only one immediate benefit.
  • The ability to publish to a non BlogSpot URL.
Even when the Blogger blog is published to a non BlogSpot URL, the blog is still subject to spam classification. The Blogger spam classification process, which looks for spammy content, will look for spammy content in any blog, regardless of published URL.

If your blogging activity is centered around several different subjects, as mine are, you may do well to make several different blogs.
Having created a cluster of Blogger blogs, you can aggregate a cluster more easily by publishing each to a different host, in a domain. This is merely one technique, used in a strategy to combine multiple blogs and websites.

Given the ability to separate blogs of different content, you may be able to avoid one known reason for spam classification.
Large blogs with multiple, unfocused / unrelated subjects.

If you host malware or spam in your Blogger blogs, however, you won't necessarily avoid classification. Since a properly published Blogger custom domain blog starts with a BlogSpot URL - and since the BlogSpot URL remains active, even with the blog published to the domain URL, the blog will still be subject to the spam classification process.

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