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February 18, 2005

Fake Weblogs?

One of the Sifrys--David, I think--writes:

Sifry's Alerts: Web Spam Squashing Summit: 2/24/2005: Technorati is coordinating a Web Spam Squashing Summit in Sunnyvale next Thursday, February 24, and I would like to extend an invitation to all tool developers to attend. Many thanks to Yahoo! for hosting the event on their campus. The summit will focus on web spam -- not email spam. Web spam includes comment spam, link spam, TrackBack spam, tag spam, and fake weblogs...

Fake weblogs? What's a fake weblog? I mean... you put up posts and links on a regular basis, and that's a weblog, isn't it? How do you fake that?

Posted by DeLong at February 18, 2005 03:51 PM

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Heh. How do we know you're not fake?

Posted by: Saam Barrager at February 18, 2005 04:01 PM

I personally know of at least two kinds of fake weblogs. One uses the weblog format but steals content from other sites (with high Google page rank of course) and mixes it with posts that are ads for a product or service. I've had my content ripped off by this type of site before. The other kind of fake weblog is the "astroturf" variety, like the phony blog that McDonald's did to support its lame commercial in this year's Super Bowl.

Posted by: Ed Bott at February 18, 2005 04:05 PM

Then there's blogs like Instapundit or The Corner, which are based in a fake reality.

Posted by: Kuas at February 18, 2005 04:12 PM

Referral log spam. It's a bitch.

Posted by: praktike at February 18, 2005 04:16 PM

Adam Nag's Personal Diary?

Posted by: dilbert dogbert at February 18, 2005 04:38 PM

There's also this stuff—


—though I'd thought it had died down in favor of trackback and comment spam. (Gah.)

Posted by: Kip Manley at February 18, 2005 05:00 PM


to pick just three of what are probably thousands.

Fake enough for ya?

Posted by: Jacques Distler at February 18, 2005 05:12 PM

Brad, there are a number of different types of fake weblogs out there, but the most prevalent are the fake blogs that all point to a single site or set of sites, the classic "link farm". You can actually tell these are programmatically generated, as they all have similar timestamps and content types, and you can find them programatically...


Posted by: David Sifry at February 18, 2005 05:12 PM

Ah. So fake enough to fool Google, not fake enough to fool anybody else...

Posted by: Brad DeLong at February 18, 2005 06:20 PM

http://www.polipundit.com is a fake blog. They're so far detached from reality is can't be for real.

Posted by: Willem at February 18, 2005 06:23 PM

Weblogs used as linkfarms. Google the latter.

Posted by: Felix Deutsch at February 18, 2005 07:58 PM

drunkmenworkhere will automatically generate a blog for you if you are too lazy to update one yourself


Posted by: your mom at February 18, 2005 11:00 PM

There are many fake weblogs pretending to be someone's else. There's the fake Adam Nagourney one, I hear there's a fake Jeff Gannon one. For a while there was a fake Bill Clinton one. They may be more properly labelled as satire, but some of them weren't clear if they were real or not.

Posted by: Unstable Isotope at February 19, 2005 05:01 AM

The fake weblogs I've seen are all on blogspot (shocking, given that they're free), and they are just that -- link farms. If you find a blogspot blog with the "next blog" button exposed, it should only take you a couple minutes to find several.

Posted by: paperwight at February 19, 2005 08:59 AM

There's R.Robot's self writing blog.


Posted by: Ranjit at February 19, 2005 10:22 AM

What's next? Fake fiskings?

Posted by: Alan K. Henderson at February 20, 2005 11:46 PM

[comment spam]

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