Splashpress Media

Spotting Those Splogs

Posted on Oct 18, 2007


One of our goals with running Splashpress Media is to establish new media as a driving force in enhancing communications across people worldwide. And so it is implied that each and every service, blog, portal or tool that we launch should help us attain this goal.

Yet another one of our recent acquisitions is a great example of a tool that helps improve communications, especially in terms of efficiency.

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.

We run dozens of blogs and spam has been a BIG headache. Even with spam-catching software, some unwanted links, comments and trackbacks still get through. In acquiring Splog Spot, we hope to help bloggers out there combat spam. One interesting feature of Splog Spot is its API, which bloggers can use to determine whether a URL is that of a spam blog. Integrating this with your blogging software (say, via plugin), it could be useful in blocking out referrals, pingbacks or trackbacks from splogs. You can also view the “weekly dump” of splogs, see the recently updated splogs and submit a splog that you know of- not yet in the database.

So visit SplogSpot.com now and dump those splogs!!