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Reporting Blogger/Blog*Spot (Google) abuse


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Some spammers use Blogger or Blog*Spot pages to redirect to their spam websites. It hasn't been terribly obvious how one would report such abuse to Google.

I just found a link that can be used to report abuse of Google's Blogger service: http://help.blogger.com/?page=troubleshoot...p;Submit=Submit. This is an alternative to the "Flag" button for spammy Blogger pages that instantly redirect (thus not showing the "Flag" button).

You need only paste in the URL of the blog, not any spam mail nor any personal info.

It would seem that Google does pay some attention to this.

-- rick

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  • 3 weeks later...
Perhaps Google should do a Google lookup on

+blogspot +redirection +abuse

Too busy trying to delete all that army base map data, I guess.

Anyway, I paste 'em in as I get 'em, maybe 3 or 5 per day. This page is an improvement over the "flag blog" button mainly because the spammers realized that they could redirect immediately from the blogspot page and thereby deprive the visitor of any chance to flag the blog.

As I say, upon checking back, I've seen some of these things disappear, although I wouldn't claim that it was my reporting that tipped the cart.

-- rick

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Anyway, I paste 'em in as I get 'em, maybe 3 or 5 per day. This page is an improvement over the "flag blog" button mainly because the spammers realized that they could redirect immediately from the blogspot page and thereby deprive the visitor of any chance to flag the blog.

-- rick

Over the past week I pasted about 4,000. I have an automated page paster, which should gain their attention. Not that they haven't been made painstakingly aware of the problem, and how to remedy it.

Other flags for Google are in all of the Site Advisor pages for the redirect sites,

http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/tromoem.com (Illegal software piracy)

http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/discusswoman.com (Fake Canadian Pharmacy)

http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/theoutworlds.com (Herbal Express fraud) etc etc

Also, there are the Castlecops SIRT alerts sent to Google

http://www.castlecops.com/t217904-SIRT_142...an_Pharmac.html

http://www.castlecops.com/t217705-SIRT_140...e_Software.html

> BLOGSPOT ACTION REQUIRED

> 1. remove all existing violations (see the list of 12,460 sites appended at spamtrackers.eu)

> 2. remove the loop-hole that facilitates this crime

and then there are the huge list of abused blogspot sites at http://spamtrackers.eu/wiki/index.php?title=Blogspot

Why are they allowing these criminals to abuse their service llke this? Google has some work to do to repair a tarnished reputation.

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...Google has some work to do to repair a tarnished reputation.
{sigh} and they keep inventing new ways to aid the myrmidons of spamdom - www.google.com/notebook/public/ sites rapidly becoming a "neat" way for BB spammers to push their wares (in comments and in member profiles). No specific, upfront, abuse reporting mechanism evident and
google.com]Thank you for your note. This is an automated reply to let you know that we received your message. Because we’re putting most of our energy into improving Google Notebook, we can't promise a personal reply.
Still, notebook has a long way to go before it can match the huge roll of abusers of the Blogger. But they're working on it.
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Credit where credit's due (I am agreeably surprised) - an update

google.com]Hi Steve, Thank you for taking the time to report this problem. We're in the process of removing these public notebooks, and appreciate your assistance as we work to improve Google Notebook.

Regards,

The Google Team

(Initial complaint was lodged through on-line feedback form.) Two of the four reported are "not found" at the this time.
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