March 22, 2010

BLOGVERTISING! cleaning up the blogroll.

Filed under: Uncategorized — rcondron @ 4:52 am

So I am seeing a huge swarm of fake blogs being added to the Blogroll…
I am slowly going through the blogroll and blocking all fake blogs.

Here are some signs that a blog may be fake:
1. The page has more ads than content.
2. The page puts multiple adds in front of their content, in essence saying that the ads are more important than their content.
3. Bland/plain design, lack of personalization… basically showing that the author hasn’t put much time into the look and feel of the page.
4. Each post is slightly different but all about the same thing and all contain a link to a product pushing website.

These are just a few that I came up with.


  1. Is it possible to include non-blogs such as twitter, plurks and youtube pages?

    These always push me out of the queue and I have to rejoin the queue.

    Comment by DC — March 22, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

  2. Good move. The advertising blogs are a real pain. Get rid of them! Thanks.

    Comment by Alistair Scott — March 23, 2010 @ 9:04 am

  3. I understand your rules and your position but I wanted to comment on the no nudity rule. I feel as we are mostly adults blogging and as google and blogger allow our blogs I would hope you grade my site differently than say a porn site. That was never my intention to become that. I have been an avid collector of Playboy since I was a teenager and love beautiful women and that was the basis for my blog.
    Thank you for your time.

    Comment by bob — March 26, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

    • I totally understand where you are coming from and you do make a valid point… the trouble is this…

      Since blogsurfer is an automatic rotation and somewhat “random” people are forced to view things that they might not normally click on to view. This being the case I have to be very sensitive to the wide demographic of BlogSurfer users, many of which are religious bloggers who may find the content very offensive.

      I am actually in the process of building a system that will allow users to rate and flag content on their own. This will eliminate the need for me to filter content and allow users to filter their own content.

      Comment by rcondron — March 26, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

  4. And you also make a valid point and I respect that but is’nt that a form of discrimination? And aren’t you catering to one genre more than to the other? In really aren’t we born into this world naked and do we not spend a certain amount of time naked.Do you not think nudity can be presented tastefully?

    Comment by bob — March 26, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    • Just a note that I link my blog posts to my Facebook feed, to bring my friends, young and old, to my blogs.

      I have several kids under 21 on my friends list, many of them relatives, who may click on my blog post, click blogsurfer tag, it comes up in another tab, etc……

      I am known as a church leader to many of those kids, who look up to me. I’d be a bit cautious about the kids, religious or not.

      Many teens have sites as well that may end up using the service and/or clicking the tab on their friends’ blogs, come here, etc….

      Again, I’d be concerned about the kids, who are already seeing too much as it is, religious or not. Playboy? Um….. :-/

      I can understand nudity as “art”, though I’m not into that myself.

      Comment by Sheila H Henne — September 30, 2010 @ 2:34 am

  5. 5. They have pop-ups, and in rare cases, malware.

    6. The grammar is horrible, showing the text was written by a machine.

    7. Non-original content. I connection with #6, robot blogs sometimes use stolen content.

    8. They look like a search page or a search engine, and show highlighted words and lots of fake hits.

    9. They seem to be offering information, but talk around the topic without saying much and offer links to a commercial site.

    Comment by Purple Girl — April 7, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

  6. I always wonder how people have the nerve to post spam and fake stuff. I would be embarrased to post that stuff. You only have one reputation, if you can’t create a demand for your content without shaming yourself then you should stop posting content.

    Comment by Dan — September 19, 2011 @ 4:42 am

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