September 1, 2014

Sifry’s State of the Blogosphere: Splogs

Posted by: of A View from the Isle on 10/17/05
David Sifry has the latest installment of State of the Blogosphere reports ready for our perusal and commentary.
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Let’s just start with the top-line summary:
  • As of October 2005, Technorati is now tracking 19.6 Million weblogs   
  • The total number of weblogs tracked continues to double about every 5   months   
  • The blogosphere is now over 30 times as big as it was 3 years ago, with no   signs of letup in growth   
  • About 70,000 new weblogs are created every day   
  • About a new weblog is created each second   
  • 2% – 8% of new weblogs per day are fake or spam weblogs   
  • Between 700,000 and 1.3 Million posts are made each day   
  • About 33,000 posts are created per hour, or 9.2 posts per second   
  • An additional 5.8% of posts (or about 50,000 posts/day) seen each day are   from spam or fake blogs, on average
Not bad!  Oh yeah, blogs are a fad … Not!  Fine, enough cheerleading.  The important parts of this post is the attention paid to splogs (spam blogs).  Steve zeros in on this and I think I will continue from this morning’s discussion that I’ve already posted.
Note the red sections of the next two charts.  I’m going to keep them full-size so you can see the detail:

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According to Technorati, then, splogs are the huge plague that they seem
to be.  I disagree, to a degree.  I agree that the majority of blogs
and blog posts out there aren’t splogs and don’t generate comment spam
or trackback spam, etc.  Fine.  But I also think Technorati is under
counting, David
to his credit acknowledges this, and I am more concerned with the fact
that the red portions started recently and don’t seem to be slowing.
Of course it is hard to quantify the rate of splogs and splog posts
because a big news item will swamp them out (which is a good thing).  I
am also concerned that sploggers will use available tool to see that
something on is hot on the blogosphere and spam targeted to that.  What
if all our efforts for Katrina were matched 2 for 1 with splog?  These
are bots, they can be switched on and off.  Cranked up and down.  That
worries me.
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1 comment for Sifry’s State of the Blogosphere: Splogs »

  1. State of the Blogosphere, Part I

    Check it out.
    (Hat tip: Business Blog Consulting)

    Trackback by La Shawn Barber's Corner — October 18, 2005 @ 4:04 pm

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