Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Current Status

It's been a while since I posted anything and that's because I haven't had much to report. Google has effectively stopped deleting splogs I report. Although what that means is to going back to targetting AdSense account of spammers even though that's not entirely correct. I haven't been reporting any of results but I've been targetting AdSense accounts all along. I've had handfull of successes during the past two months.

Splog landscape has changed quite a bit since this blog began. I would say that now there are quite a number of splogs that doesn't depend on AdSense at all. For example all the porn and gambling related splogs are not tied to AdSense. The new trend I've also observed is where splogs are being promoted with an email spam. I've gotten couple email spams that point to blogspot.com subdomain.

The number of splog dropped quite a bit immediately after Blogger's implementation of captcha on spammy blogs. The Blogger's captcha does work to thwart certain blog spammers but not all. The reason is the spammers are no longer interested in creating splogs and maintaining them. They are simply going to create splogs and dumping them. Essentially they are creating disposable one time use splogs. It really doesn't matter if Blogger identifies them to be splog. Spammers have already moved onto to create more splogs. Anyway since the sharp drop in splogs, the numbers are starting to creep back up since Google isn't deleting splogs. This recent lack of action by Google encourages spammers and now it appears they are making a comeback.

1 comment:

rathamahata said...

The move from AdSense to affiliate programs you see is just a sign that webspammers become more professional. Conversion (in terms of moneys) for an direct affiliate program is much higher than for AdSense. It requires time from online sellers to build affiliate program tolerate to webspam (tolerate in fact, not according to their public statements). It also requires time from webspammers to find affiliate programs (or to build their own). There was enough time...