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Around 30% Blogs Found to be Spam

As per WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg, it has been noticed that spam blogs, or splogs, still posing an important threat in the blogsphere.

The founder of WordPress, a blogging platform, Matt Mullenweg, while speaking at the Future of Web Apps conference, held in Miami from February 28, 2008 to March 1, 2008, declared that WordPress, its software, has removed almost 800,000 splogs (spam blogs), as reported by E-consultancy on March 5, 2008.

As per Matt, a third of blogs present on the site Wordpress have found to be spam. Matt also explained that WordPress could at least contain a total of 2,523,000 blogs out of which one-third of the blogs on the site are spam.

Matt also explains what actually splogs or spam blogs are. He said that splogs are automated blogs that just raise the extract from a RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed and republish it with a link, accessing the stolen material to maximize the search rankings and often cash in with the ads of AdSense. Further, splogs have attained great authority because of the presence of free blog hosts like blogger of Google and WordPress.

As per an Internet search engine for searching blogs, Technorati, usually blogs are splogs. It published in its April update of the report, "State of the Blogosphere" that out of 120,000 blogs, they detected around 3, 000 to 7,000 were spam.

Technorati suggested that to escape from slogging, search engine like Google should work hard and identify these fraudsters and erase the data from search pool.

Matt also said in the conference that spammers are known to be the terrorists of "Web 2.0". They peep into the communities and derive benefits from their openness, as reported by Cnet on February 29, 2008.

Interestingly, the security experts said that sploggers or spam bloggers, are always seen as an irritation to the community but do not pose any danger to the Web surfers. But undoubtedly, Internet would have been a secure place if it were free from splogs.

Further, Technorati has accepted that splogs a big threat to its future. If the blogosphere becomes completely overburdened with blog spam, it will influence the efficiency of genuine blog, as users will have to devote time in going through pages of spam in order to locate useful, authentic human-written blog.

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