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What’s A Splog?

It never fails, just when you're content with explaining tech terms like…blog, comes another word to add to your 21st century dictionary…splog. I guess if you put two and two together you could probably figure out that splogs are those annoying spam blogs whose "purpose is to increase the PageRank of the affiliated sites, get ad impressions from visitors, and/or use the blog as a link outlet to get new sites indexed. Content is often nonsense or text stolen from other websites with an unusually high number of links to sites associated with the splog creator which are often disreputable or otherwise useless Web sites." (Wikipedia)

So who's behind the fake increase in your sitemeter count? The Techtree news staff is blaming Google, stating that, "there has been an increase in the amount of splogs after search engines like Google started indexing them. Google's Blogspot has increased the number of spam blogs or 'splogs' triggering the anger of prominent bloggers."

But before getting angry, there is one thing you can do to diminish some of the spam. "Blogger has added protection in the form of word verification. Hopefully that will greatly reduce this problem. Word verification is very easy to activate. In the settings pane of the Blogger Dashboard, go to the Comments section. Scroll down to the option that reads…Show word verification for comments?" (via Susan Sedro blog)

-Amy Bowllan

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