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Splog Spot Opens Up Blog

Posted on May 4, 2009

Splog Spot, our search engine for tracking content scrapers, has opened up its own blog to help users. The idea was conceived by Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today, who is also our own legal representative. His concept was to go one step further than just using Splog Spot‘s search engine & database, and to “name and shame” certain perpetrators of splogs as well as actually listing those blogs who have been victimized, taking the Stolen WordPress Blog one step further.

We have previously written about the benefits of the Splog Spot application:

Splog Spot was the brainchild of the same developer behind mass-pinging service Pingoat. Pingoat was, back then (and still now?), one of the more popular services that offered manual pinging for various blog update services. Since a huge number of blogs are actually made of spam, Pingoat needed a way to determine which blogs are legitimate, and which are not.

Splogs-or spam blogs-have been a troublesome for legitimate bloggers for some time now. Spam blogs are usually made for search engine optimization, because of the link-rich nature of blogs. Spammers use automated content-scraping techniques that get content from legitimate blogs and pass it off as their own. Some spammers use automated scripts that post comments on hundreds of blogs at a time. Most even use trackback and pingback systems that are built into blog software like WordPress.

At the actual site, you can see a succinct description in the about page:

Splog Spot is service that keeps track of spam blogs or splogs. The Splog Spot spam database can be queried by anyone using the Splog Spot API. This will help blog related services, directories etc keep their sites clean.

How does it work?

Splog Spot has automated software that can detect spam blogs. Splog Spot also accepts manual splog submissions, that are first reviewed and then added to the database.

How to participate?

When ever you come across a splog (spam blog), you can report it to Splog Spot.

How it helps?

Maintaining a database of spam blogs will help us to avoid splogs whenever possible. Also, on request, the Splog Spot spam database will be made available to any good willed person or project 🙂 And the most important of all, you can use the Splog Spot API to determine the authenticity of a blog, when handling blogs in your custom built application or anything like that. Splog Spot also provides a full dump of the splog database (weekly).

Here you can see a list of the recently listed splogs; here you can check out the weekly splog dump; here you can submit your own report and of course you are also very welcome to use Splog Spot’s API.

Jonathan will be detailing more specific plans at the blog itself. You can rest assured that he will be doing a top notch job and providing a unique service for bloggers. Every week, he gives legal advice to readers at the Blog Herald as well as providing support to Performancing users in the legal forum. Nearly all questions and inquiries are related to content theft and there is no doubt that he has become the online guru in such matters, which is why we are so pleased he has taken on one more project for us. Also, he will be able to really help those bloggers who are in need via our related services at bLogics and Performancing Services, which he also manages. And finally, we are also very pleased that he will also being providing some video tutorials on Blogger Law over at Tubetorial.

So do head over to the new Splog Spot Blog and sign up for the feed, or if you are having problems with content scraping at your blog contact us so that we can feature you and help stop your posts being plagiarized.