Looks like WordPress.com has gone pro-spam


A few days ago, I wrote about a splog over on wordpress.com that I had reported a number of times that, after a pair of “Report as Spam”  and a support ticket still remained online.  It took three hours after blogging about it but it finally came down.

Folks have written that wordpress.com is as spam free as possible.  In fact, Matt Mullenweg recently commented that they’ve removed over 800,000 such sites from the service, 24% of all blogs created on that site. (I agree with the commenter.  The math is off.) That number seems rather low to me considering that numbers between 50% and 77% get used all the time.

I’ve questioned this in the past a number of times as it really sounds like PR coming from Automattic. (And if you haven’t figured out yet that anything coming from Automattic should be questioned, you may want to give that some thought.) Simply going around the site with their Next Blog link in the admin bar will usually show a number of splogs.  I’ve always reported them in the past.

Here’s something else I’ve been doing.  I’ve bookmarked every splog reported since the middle of January, 2008.  I have a list of 917 splogs located on wordpress.com that, having just checked a large random sample of them, appear to be mostly still on line.  Nearly a thousand.  You would think that a site that’s going around and stating how anti-spam they are would have deleted them a long time ago.  Guess not.

Here’s a sampling from that list.  These are 70 that were reported this past weekend that as far as I can tell are still online as of today.  They’ve all been marked with nofollow and noindex so they won’t get any credit from me.

I wonder how long it’ll take for someone to catch up on these.  I also wonder what the problem is this time.

edit: Here’s another one.

digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/tech_news/Wordpress_com_and_Automattic_turn_pro_spam’;

Spammer – 10 Awesome Ways To Attract More Orders by Michel Korn « luana2

Spammer – Accessory Jewelry

Spammer – Affiliate Junktion Program « My Weblog

Spammer – Affiliate Marketing — $150/day or more « Work From Home Internet Jobs

Spammer – All Eyes on the Super Bowl « Domain Name Registration

Spammer – Aplus.Net Review « Low Cost Hosting Reviews

Spammer – Argos: Kilmarnock « Argos Stores: UK Catalogue Shopping

Spammer – babyshopping.wordpress.com « Babyshopping

Spammer – bblash

Spammer – Best Free Web Hosting

Spammer – Best Web Hosting for WordPress (Recommended by WordPress) « Hot Products Update

Spammer – Bisnes Online

Spammer – Bluehost Review « top 10 web hosting

Spammer – BlueHost Web Hosting Review « Tips For Web Hosting

Spammer – Blues Haven-Pop Blues

Spammer – Building Your Website Domain « Host Monster

Spammer – Business for online

Spammer – Business Web Hosting

Spammer – Business web hosting review for Goviphosting.com « Topwebhosts’s Weblog

Spammer – Coastal Carolina Real Estate Networking

Spammer – Deciding on the best webhosting, not an easy task! « best hosting

Spammer – Doocie

Spammer – Earn Money Using the Internet « news-talk

Spammer – Ebay

Spammer – E-Commerce: Good Domain Name, Good Web Hosting Company, Good Chance for Profit « Entresource: Resources for Entrepreneurs

Spammer – Flash Enabled Blog

Spammer – FOREX DAY TRADING COURSE « Learnforexonlinetrade’s Weblog

Spammer – Free domain name! « Teddy’s Weblog

Spammer – Free Domain Registration with Hosting. « GoSimpleWeb.com – Weblog

Spammer – Free Money Is Good Weblog

Spammer – free vs paid hosting « Free vs Paid Hosting

spammer – freedomainfactory.com, Free Domain Factory, Free Domain Names, My experience « Citizen Wells

Spammer – Freelancers haven & Biz start-ups

Spammer – Get Worth Deal Here, Sure Worth!

Spammer – Hello world! « Hoating Services

Spammer – Holidayhomes’s Weblog

Spammer – Hope Is Not Lost…Your Future Is Here!

Spammer – Hope is not lost…Your Future is Here! « UcanBHappy2.com

Spammer – Host unlimted domain with free domain name registration for $6.95 a month « unlimited domain hosting

Spammer – how can i make money on the internet, how can i make money from home, how can i make money at home, how can i make money now, how can i make money on ebay, how can i make money through the internet « My Weblog

Spammer – Igolfswing

Spammer – Income Online

Spammer – Infinity ∞ Source

Spammer – Mariakosilla’s Weblog


Spammer – matchmaker « Singhworknet’s Weblog

Spammer – Mel’s Ads

Spammer – Online Offers Weblog

Spammer – online part time jobs

Spammer – own a .com site and host it! « WAY-BETTER

Spammer – Printers – Local & International « Samuel Little Graphic Design: Advertising & Marketing Life

Spammer – Quick Review/Comparison of Some Major Web Hosting Services « Web Hosting News, Talks and Guides


Spammer – Saravanan’s blog

Spammer – Small Business Web Hosting – What To Look For « Online World Hosting Info

Spammer – Specific page – Putra’s Weblog

Spammer – Table-Shirts (Share Your Table Topic!)

Spammer – The Right Watch The Right Job « Kingsolomonbce’s Weblog

Spammer – The X Files

Spammer – Top 10 music service « Avatarid’s Weblog

Spammer – Unlimited Income From Home! « Hope Is Not Lost…Your Future Is Here!

Spammer – Vife.Media

Spammer – Web Hosting for Federal Aviation Administration, Provided by Frontpages « Web Hosting News, Talks and Guides

Spammer – Web Hosting Review Site

Spammer – Website Design :: 80fi-ve innovations | Blog

Spammer – Welcome Tammy Fischer Our Newest TriUnity International Distributor « Fischstore.com

Spammer – Why are White women attracted to Black men? « Chuks Dating Weblog

Spammer – Yeah! My Blog Is Fun And Has Lots of Cool Stuff! « White-Lightning-Drink.com

Spammer – Your Customers Deserve the Finest Gifts « GiftQuest

Spammer – Your name at dot com « Just My Haven

4 thoughts on “Looks like WordPress.com has gone pro-spam

  1. I just checked about 20-25 of the links and they all appear to be down. Either listed as pulled to TOS violations or listed as inactive. It appears that this post got the attention of the correct people.
    I want to clarify though and said that I have never claimed WordPress.com to be perfect. I don’t think any free blogging host can be. I’ve just said that, when compared to BlogSpot and other free services, that they are much better.
    They have several fundamental differences, including the banning of Adsense and other advertisements, that greatly reduce the amount of spam and they have, in my experience, been responsive to these issues.
    I am, however, disturbed that your spam complaints went unchecked until they were posted. I will definitely raise this shortly with some contacts I have at the site.
    It is also worth noting though that most of what I’ve written on the subject of WP and spam blogs is fairly old and likely in need of an update. A project for another day perhaps.
    Thank you very much for drawing attention to this (though I really am not comfortable with any linking to spam). Keep fighting the good fight and let me know if I can help.

  2. I really am not comfortable with any linking to spam

    In this case I don’t think it does any harm, because a) the links are no-followed and b) the sites are on wordpress.com so presumably malware-free. You can’t really write this sort of post without linking to the blogs in question as proof of what you’re claiming.
    I wonder whether the replacement of the ‘archived or suspended’ page with a non-specific, thrown-together-in-five-seconds ‘This blog is inactive’ page is down to not wanting to get into the question of whether the offending blog has actually violated the ToS? If you were accused in public of ToS violations, and it then turned out that your suspension was a technical glitch or human error, would you have a case for defamation?

  3. Is Harvard having a problem with keeping it up?

    I know that I’ve talked about sites going prospam or ignoring their spam problem in the past but even I have to admit that this borders on being obscene.  For a good time, go over to Google and see how…

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