Splogs’ Roil Web, and Some Blame Google

October 19, 2005; Page B1

Dave’s Comments (Digital Marketing Tutorial Blog): Guess I haven’t been at blogging long enough. Just saw this article about “splogging” in the Wall Street Journal (free section) and thought I’d share it with other blogging “newbies” like me.

“Spam, long the scourge of email users, rapidly has become the bane of bloggers too.

Spammers have created millions of Web logs to promote everything from gambling Web sites to pornography. The spam blogs — known as “splogs” — often contain gibberish, and are full of links to other Web sites spammers are trying to promote. Because search engines like those of Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. base their rankings of Web sites, in part, on how many other Web sites link to them, the splogs can help artificially inflate a site’s popularity. Some of the phony blogs also carry advertisements, which generate a few cents for the splog’s owner each time they are clicked on.”

Read the rest of this article on the Wall Street Journal Online.