Splog are spam blogs, which serve a similar function as spam e-mails. They are basically advertising that a person does not really want, and is an abuse of the free blogging system.
Some examples of splogging include placing text that does not make any sense on a page, or the use of repetitive text that is irrelevant to the blog itself. This usually occurs in the comment section of a blog, but can also occur within a blog entry itself.
What these blog entries do is attempt to take advantage of using search terms in order to increase their page rank. However, the search terms used to make these splogs come up often have nothing to do with the blog, which really is an advertisement.
These advertisements are different than regular blogs because they are not meant to be useful for the reader. Instead, they are promoting a product or service, and are looking for buyers. In addition, these blogs usually contain a heavy amount of links that lead to all one place, or one page.
Another characteristic of a splog is that they usually contain quite a few affiliate links, and even stolen content from other websites. Most splogs are considered not very original pieces of work, and they often do more to annoy visitors looking for useful information than anything else.
The reason why splogging is considered to be so unethical is because it not only annoys visitors but it also clogs search engines. It takes the place that otherwise relevant content would take. In addition, splogging takes advantage of the fact that people can post comments with links on sites.
In fact, the history of splogging took place when sploggers filled in guest books on sites with links, and often-nonsensical comments. For instance, someone who would place a spam blog comment would add “nice site” and then would add a link. Along with that the visitor would then type in key words of a spammed link.
Splogging has, unfortunately, become the new spamming. Over 8% of blogs tracked by Tecnnorati are proven to be spam blogs. Another source says that 34,000 blogs are “hosted” on Google’s free Blogspot. These are hurting the credibility of Google. However, Google is doing something to stop it.
Google is encouraging those who notice any suspicious spam blogging on Blogspot to report it.
Possible solutions for eliminating spam blogs include blocking certain key words, such as those which target many popular pharmaceuticals or casino names. Another way to control spam blogging is to set up an RSS feed which will track certain key word searches, such as those for Viagra, or similar.
Another option for blog site owners to help control spam blogging is to turn off comments, or have people register in order to make comments. This will make monitoring of comments must easier.
Another method used to help prevent splogging is the use of a system that tracks IP addresses. It will help narrow down entries that took either too long or too short of a time to post on blog sites. It will also help identify spammers who use fake IP addresses to conceal their identities.
Splogging is another word for ineffective advertising. Most people do not go to blog sites to buy things. Instead, they go to blogging sites to read the latest news, opinions, or debate. They do not go to look for sites filled with loads of irrelevant advertising.
It is not wrong to leave a comment or two on a site that is relevant to the original blog. However, this should even be done with caution. In addition, usually only leaving one or two links under a comment is appropriate and not a huge number of them.
Splogging is considered as unethical as e-mail spam. In order to ensure that you are within the parameters when you blog you may want to read other articles like this to learn more about it.
When you manage a blog you will want to watch out for this so it doesn’t happen to you. It is important that you monitor all your comments carefully. In addition, you may want to consider approving all posts before you allow them to be displayed.
If you want to allow people to comment freely on your blog site then you may want to at least adjust your blog settings so that you are automatically notified when a new blog entry is posted. This is another way to control the type of traffic that visits your site, and a way to help block those who abuse the free blogging system.
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