Friday, February 16, 2007

How to avoid your blog from being marked as a spamblog

Recently, I received an email from Blogger saying my blog Generating revenue from your blog has been marked and locked as a spamblog. I can not longer edit or post on that blog. I had to go through a word verification process to get that blog reviewed by a human, and I don't know how long that will take.

What triggered this unwanted action? Well, prior to that, I had tried to prepare a post to answer a question from a member of the Google AdSense Help group. As I don't want him to wait too long, I have been repeatedly publishing the post as I went along, with a notice at the bottom "To be continued". I believe this is what triggered the spambot to mark the blog as a spamblog.

Conclusion: To avoid being marked as a spamblog, do not repeatedly publish in a short period of time.

UPDATE 17 February 2007: Got an email from Blogger saying my blog has been reviewed, verified, and cleared for regular use so that it will no longer appear as potential spam. It took only a day, so I think Blogger Support does not really deserve the bashing they often gets in the Google Blogger Help group.

UPDATE 2 March 2007: Another of my blog Generating Revenue From Your Site got blocked as a spamblog. I did nothing, like for example what is mentioned in this post, to trigger it, nor do I see anything in the blog that might seem even remotely that can get it classified as a spamblog. Another of my reader also reported that his blog was blocked. And there were many reports of such happenings in the Google Blogger Help group. Something musst be seriously wrong with the algorithm used by Google spambot.

UPDATE 3 March 2007: Received email message saying my blog is cleared and I can now post to the blog. See. Blogger Support does not deserve the bashing they often received in the Google Blogger Help group.

13 comments:

  1. Wow. I hope you get that sorted out, Peter.

    Quick question for you, not sure if you can help, but when I try to load my blog in Internet Explorer I get an "Operation Error" message. Do you have any idea on why this is happening? Thanks!

    http://thedailykimchi.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi Gdog,

    I have no idea what that error message mean, but my natural reaction to problems like this would be to try using a different browser to see if that helps. A simple strategy, but one which has helped me through many situations. For example, my son was trying to get the login page for his online banking. No go. I told him - try using different browser. He said, probably server problem, don't want to try. I persuaded him to do so, and when he reluctantly did, he managed to login in matter of minutes.

    See posts
    What to do when you can't upload photos, publish, etc.
    Why you should be using more than 1 browsers

    Peter a.k.a. enviroman
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  3. What will we do when we post alot in a day then ofcourse we have to publish. I think its not convenient to not publish the posts. But thanks for your warning Peter.

    http://healthtreatments.blogspot.co

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  4. I just received your e-mail with thanks Peter but thanks for the advice on here also I may be lucky I certainly hope so I also wondered if it could have been the result of somebody flagging it what do you think? I am still locked out at the moment fingers crossed, I have your site in my links on my blog also, I have for sometime now.

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  5. Hi Wizzed,

    No one really know what Blogger do with blogs which are flagged. Would a single flag cause problem for a blog? Also, no one knows how the spambot works, and what criteria they use to mark a blog as spam. From the complaints received in the Google Blogger Help group, there seem to be lots of false positive.

    Anyway, I hope you get your blog unblocked soon. And thanks for the links. Highly appreciated.

    Peter a.k.a. enviroman
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  6. My personal blog had been labelled a spam blog under the old system. I could still post but had to use verification for EVERY edit. It was a mess and took a few weeks to fix.

    Well, at least you survived it.

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  7. Hi Leon,

    You said your blog was marked as a spamblog and have to go through word verification to post. That is not so bad as having it blocked (cannot post). Another of my blog Generating Revenue from your site got blocked (cannot post)and I just did the word verification to get it reviewed by a human. Let's see how long they take to fix this one. I certainly hope that it wouldn't take weeks as in your case.

    Peter a.k.a. enviroman
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  8. It took about 3 days but I followed your advice and finally got unlocked today thanks again Peter for all your help it does pose a dilemma for us bloggers of course sadly and to err is human so the programming must be crook somewhere in the Google brain I reckon

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  9. Hi Whizzed,

    Sorry to hear that they took so long to unblock your blog. I had 2 blogs blocked, and they both were unblocked within 24 hours. Guess I was just "lucky".

    Peter a.k.a. enviroman
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  10. My Weblog has been blocked.long would I have to wait for it to be unblocked?
    It is very annoying.

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  11. My experience was - a couple of days. Hopefully yours will be the same.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  12. hi everyone,
    this is to bring to the notice of the readers using exitexplosion.com Java script that enables pop up's using that script.google/blogger tags the blog using that javascript as spam blog and requires word verification for every post.again to get released as a spam blog u need to request for a human review.now your site/blog gets released as a spam blog ONLY PROVIDED YOU REMOVE THE JAVA SCRIPT from your blog.I experienced it on my blog www.linkstores.blogspot.com.after i removed the JS,i was detagged as spam blog.

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  13. Hi Crazy Guyz,

    Thanks for the alert. I am sure all the readers will be grateful to you.

    Peter (Blog*Star)
    Natural Remedies

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