UK Web Focus (Brian Kelly)

Innovation and best practices for the Web

  • Email Subscription (Feedburner)

  • Twitter

    Posts on this blog cover ideas often discussed on Twitter. Feel free to follow @briankelly.

    Brian Kelly on Twitter Counter

  • Syndicate This Page

    RSS Feed for this page


    Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. As described in a blog post this licence applies to textual content published by the author and (unless stated otherwise) guest bloggers. Also note that on 24 October 2011 the licence was changed from CC-BY-SA to CC-BY. Comments posted on this blog will also be deemed to have been published with this licence. Please note though, that images and other resources embedded in the blog may not be covered by this licence.

    Contact Details

    Brian's email address is You can also follow him on Twitter using the ID briankelly. Also note that the @ukwebfocus Twitter ID provides automated alerts of new blog posts.

  • Contact Details

    My LinkedIn profile provides details of my professional activities.

    View Brian Kelly's profile on LinkedIn

    Also see my profile.

  • Top Posts & Pages

  • Privacy


    This blog is hosted by which uses Google Analytics (which makes use of 'cookie' technologies) to provide the blog owner with information on usage of this blog.

    Other Privacy Issues

    If you wish to make a comment on this blog you must provide an email address. This is required in order to minimise comment spamming. The email address will not be made public.

Dodgy Blog Link Spam

Posted by Brian Kelly on 2 May 2007

The first link I spotted from the admin section of my blog to Sheila Webber’s guest blog posting was entitled “Blogs and RSS May 1, 2007 3:29 pm”. That sounded of interest, so I followed it, to be presented with a porn site which had aggregated various postings on the subject of blogs and/or RSS.

The blog had also aggregated content on a variety of porn topics, but also the following:


I suspect the company isn’t doing anything illegal – it’s simply taking RSS feeds (often with Creative Commons licences)  and choosing its own preferred links, adverts and accompanying images.

But such services will possibly adversely influence link rating schemes, such as Technorati (although, to be fair, Technorati does seem to be quite good at filtering link and tag spam). But be warned – those links to your blog may not be all that they seem!

3 Responses to “Dodgy Blog Link Spam”

  1. ajcann said

    Make sure you flag it as spam Brian so that Askimet learns and we all benefit.

  2. Hi AJ – I can’t (I don’t believe). This isn’t comment spam (and yeserday Askimet spotted the 5,000th comments spam since the blog was launched in November). This is a blog spam site which simply links to me, and WordPress includes this in the list of Web pages which link to my blog. So it isn’t causing problems for blog readers (as comment spam would) or for me – but could potentially subvert link statistics.

    BTW I’ve been receiving a lot of (new) email spam today (as have colleagues). One of my colleagues is looking into this – and it seems that the spammer is sending a few words from various (possibly out-of-copyright books). I wonder if this is an experiment to see how to get around spam filters i.e. “to be (Viagra) or not to be (visit my Viagra stall”)

  3. […] comments which I had failed to delete. A search for Viagra found only a legitimate post on “Dodgy Blog Link Spam“. How searching across my network for this term I found one blog which contained a large […]

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: