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Google Blog Search filled with spam?

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, October 24, 2006
13 years ago2,871 views

Is anyone finding Google Blog Search to be filled with spam? I just read on digg about how Microsoft sent Mozilla a cake for their birthday, so I went to find a picture. Here's what I saw:

blogsearch.google.com/blogsear ...

All spam, mostly on blogspot. Take a look at this post: bound-yfabim.blogspot.com/

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

someone should rebuild Google Blog security system all over again

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

So we have a post that has 100 links and only 100 links. How hard is it to see it's spam?

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

It's odd because I'm not finding other queries returning such bad results. I wonder how this particular query is triggering something that's causing that. I mean, all 10 frontpage results are useless spam.

But searching "Mozilla Firefox Browser" yields completely clean results: blogsearch.google.com/blogsear ...

In fact, removing any of the terms from that first search I linked removes all the spam! Strange.

zmarties [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

The results you now get are not quite as spammy as they were an hour ago – this very forum thread is now the top result!

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

True :)

But the rest is still junk. Though I'm more convinced that this is some kind of glitch after trying out different queries. Especially since, as I mentioned above, removing even one term from my original search gets rid of the spam. I found the secret 4 words for massive spam :)

zmarties [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Actually, I think the problem is that you happened to search on 4 words of which 2 are known to be widely searched for (Microsoft and Mozilla), so are regularly added to spammy pages to hopefully catch some of those searches.

If you add "-free" to your query, since free is another word which appears on a very high proportion of spam pages for just the same reason, then you have a much better result.

blogsearch.google.com/blogsear ...

Andrew Hitchcock [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I also find a lot of spam while using Blog Search. It is much more prevalent if you sort by date instead of sort by relevance.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I absolutely hate the amount of spam (or "syndicated" blogs, as they often are) in Google Blog Search. You should be able to flag any blog as being spam (using a similar approach to Blog*Spot).

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