This is pretty funny… Tamar wrote, I helped a bit, a piece at the Search Engine Roundtable named 75% of Google’s Blogspot Blogs are Spam. It was a good write up summarizing some of the key points of a study done by Microsoft Research, which was also discussed at a popular forum named WebmasterWorld.

A day after we posted this at the Search Engine Roundtable, this site wrote the same article with the same key points that Tamar put together, without sourcing us with any credit. That is not a big deal, trust me, it happens all the time. I would say for each article we post, it is copied illegally 10 times (at least). But this one made it to the front page of Digg with almost 600 diggs. As you can see, there is no way to contact this guy – there is not way to leave a comment or email. In fact, the domain whois info doesn’t have enough information either.

digg-icon.gifDon’t you find it a tad funny how a post on the topic of spam blogs from a spammy blog makes it to the home page of Digg? I am sure it happens all the time. But while my stuff gets buried, sites like these thrive. 🙂

Human based ranking… Much better than algorithmic based ranking… Not in this case. Tamar actually tracked down some of the links to that spam post and had at least one well known blogger change the link to the original source. I didn’t ask her to, but thanks.

Honestly, I don’t have the time to track down every site that steals our content or ideas. So I let 99.9% of it go. Honestly, it doesn’t even bother me anymore – it used to but not anymore.

Again… Don’t you find it a tad funny how a post on the topic of spam blogs from a spammy blog makes it to the home page of Digg?

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    I’ve had this happen as well. I’ve had articles I’ve written or how-to’s I’ve written show up on other sites without Creative Commons compliance. I think this points out a flaw in the digg model…perhaps they should be using a blacklist that is updated by specific moderators or digg employees? That way, when a link is specifically a rip off and contrived only to generate ad clicks, it can be filtered.

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