Does Blogger.com think your blog is spam?

by 1389 on May 31, 2007

in 1389 (blog admin), blogging, Google Blogger, spam, tech tips

If you have a blog on Blogger.com, you may find that Blogger has begun requiring you enter an odd-looking string of characters each time you publish a post. This extra step is called “word verification” or “Captcha.” You must enter a string of characters to identify yourself as a human being, as opposed to an automated procedure.

Blogger Help gives two reasons for this requirement in Why do I have word verification on my posting form?

  1. Blogger suspects that your blog is spam. An automated process within Blogger applies certain filters to identify potential spam blogs or “splogs” – bogus blogs full of gibberish, designed to fool search engines. The endless proliferation of “splogs” causes problems for the Web as a whole, not just for the owners of legitimate blogs, as Wired.com explains in Spam + Blogs = Trouble.If your blog is flagged as potential spam, then Blogger will require word verification every time you publish a post.

    Not only is this a nuisance for you, but it also hurts your efforts to gain readership for your blog. Your blog will be penalized in Google’s search algorithms. Moreover, your blog will be excluded from the “Next Blog” taskbar button and the blurbs on Blogger Dashboard.

    So what do you do if you know your blog is legitimate? The next time you post to your blog, click on the encircled question mark next to the Word Verification caption. A form will pop up that lets you submit a request for a human review of your blog. Enter your e-mail address, and in a few days, you should get an answer from Blogger Support about clearing your blog for regular use.

  2. You, or your blog team members, have been posting too rapidly. Blogger will require word verification for the next 24 hours to control the load on its servers, as well as to discourage spam. During that period of time, if you post to your blog by e-mail, the blog posts will be held as drafts.Blogger makes no exceptions for specific blogs, so it’s no use contacting them to complain. So if your blog must support an unusually high posting rate, you’ll have to host it elsewhere and support it with more specialized software.

Update: Google mistakes one of its own blogs for spam!


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1 June 1, 2007 at 3:59 am

I recently had an experience with Blogger along these lines. I’d been doing some research on google page rank while signed in, and trying different google searches for items on my blog. Without warning, I was momentarily locked out of my blogger account with this same type of warning. I was not required to enter captcha, but I was locked out for about 30 minutes.

2 June 3, 2007 at 6:32 pm

While blogger and other free blogging platforms are good for beginning bloggers, I am convinced that those who are serious about their blogs should consider using paid hosting. It doesn’t cost as much as you might think.

Typically you can spend less that $50/year to have absolute control over your blog. That includes your domain name!

I use GoDaddy but there are plenty of others that are also good. At GoDaddy you can buy hosting for about $43/year and if you buy your domain name at the same time, it is only $2. They support WordPress, which is the platform I use and I’ve very pleased with it.

3 June 4, 2007 at 7:17 am

I’ll probably do that eventually, but for the time being, I want to focus on creating content without having to spend too much time on refining the mechanics. Right now, it’s all I can do to come up with enough good articles to get people coming back here!

4 June 22, 2007 at 3:34 pm

In all honesty, I spent a whole lot more time finding workarounds to do what I wanted to do with a Blogger or Wordpress.com blog than I ever have on my self-hosted blogs.

I’ve been hosting my own blogs for several years now and I love love love the flexibility and control it gives me. It’s a whole lot easier than most people think. A lot of web hosts offer the option of automatic setup and installation of wordpress – which I also love love love – with just one click. The technical aspect doesn’t have to be any harder than that – all the files are put where they’re supposed to be, and all you have to do is log into your blog and post.

If you want to get fancier, you have the option to do so – there are hundreds of templates to choose from and switching to one is as easy as uploading the template files to the right directory and clicking on the template that you want to use in your dashboard.

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