Why WordPress is Spam Free and Blogger is a Spam Farm

Great post explaining why wordpress.com is a ham farm and Blogger is a spam farm.

In late 2005, WordPress.com took what some considered an extreme step and banned Google Adsense as well as other advertising networks from its service. As of this writing, there is no way to add any advertisements to a WordPress.com hosted blog, other than “discreet” links, without a paid VIP membership.

This is obviously a tremendous deterrent to spam blogs, many of which rely upon Google Adsense to make money. This is in stark contrast to Blogspot, which makes it very easy to add Adsense ads to your blog and encourages members to do so.

I think it’s true that Blogger has a harder time since spammers assume (incorrectly) that they will get a pagerank boost by hosting there. However, Blogger is clearly failing to block spam that would be blocked by fairly trivial methods.

What I find really obnoxious is that Google always seems to claim algorithmic superiority yet they can’t implement a simple bayesian classifier to remove spam.

I think the truth of the matter is that no one at Google really cares about blog spam. If they did the Blogger spam problem would have been solved months ago.


And one of the comments noted that you can’t report splogs anyway:

Thank you for your note. Blogger is a provider of content creation tools, not a mediator of that content. We allow our users to create blogs, but we don’t make any claims about the content of these pages. In cases where contact information for the author is listed on the page, we recommend working directly with this person to have this information removed or changed.

It’s ironic though. The harder the blogosphere is to use the more customers we get for Spinn3r. Maybe I should stop complaining!

Nevermind. Thanks Google. :)

  1. I’ve of course noticed spammy Blogger blogs, but what about numbers? Blogger has been around longer and I can’t say other than a friend I recommended WordPress to I read any blogs on WordPress.com but I often come across Blogger blogs.

    Besides being able to monetize their blog, spam with impunity, does ‘first mover advantage’ help Blogger that much? Any idea on how many actively maintained blogs are on Blogger versus WordPress? A lot of blogs get started then abandoned, search engines may eventually have to give ‘activeness’ a greater weighting in their rankings.

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