75% of Blogspot blogs = spam, and 68% of .info

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 20 2007 @ 20:30 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
SE Roundtable published results from a spam research. They report 77% of all Google BlogSpot blogs are spam. Other blog services don't score much better, 74% of all Netscape blogs is spam and on AOL's blog network it jumps from more than 80% to more than 90% on some domains.
...14 of the top-15 doorway domains have a spam percentage higher than 74%; that is, 3 out of 4 unique URLs on these domains (that appeared in our search results) were detected as spam. To demonstrate the need for scrutinizing these sites, we scanned the top-1000 results from two queries – “site:blogspot.com phentermine” and “site:hometown.aol.com ringtone” – and identified more than half of the URLs as spam easily.
Another interesting snippet is the analysis of which top-level domains have most spam: .info seems to be the worst with 68%, followed by .biz with 53.

The more popular .net, .org and .com TLDs score a bit better with a spam level of 12%, 11% and 4.1%, respectively.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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