The Google Blogger team is always looking for ways to improve methods to battle sploggers but their systems don’t always work as planned. One of my blogs was recently flagged as a splog by the Google Blogger team and I was sent this automated email from them.
Dear Blogger user,
This is a message from the Blogger team.
You will not be able to publish posts to your blog until we review your site and confirm that it is not a spam blog. To request a review, please fill out the form found here: link was here.
We will take a look at your blog and unlock it within four business days. Please note that if we do not hear from you within 20 days, we will remove your blog. If this blog does not belong to you, then you do not have to do anything. Any other blogs you may have will not be affected.
Since you are an actual person reading this, your blog is probably not spam. We find spam by using an automated classifier. Automatic spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and occasionally a blog is flagged incorrectly. We sincerely apologize for this erroneous result. By using this kind of system, however, we can dedicate more storage, bandwidth, and engineering resources to users like you instead of to spammers.
Thank you for your understanding and for your help in our spam-fighting efforts.
The Blogger Team
It’s nice to see that they are doing their best to reduce the growing number of spam blogs out there. I can see why they think this blog is a splog (there’s no real content on it yet) so I’ll have to file a request to make sure they don’t delete it.
I’ve read a couple of forum posts about people with real blogs getting identified as spam which would really piss me off too. At least the Blogger Team seems to reverse the account freeze pretty quickly.
Has anyone else gotten one of these emails from Google? Was your blog legit or were you in the process of building it out? I’d love to hear a couple of stories.