Almost lost my blog, compliments of Blogger

Just received an friendly email from Blogger (my blogprovider)


Your blog at: has been identified as a potential spam blog. To correct this, please request a review by filling out the form at [blabla]

Your blog will be deleted in 20 days if it isn't reviewed, and your readers will see a warning page during this time. After we receive your request, we'll review your blog and unlock it within two business days. Once we have reviewed and determined your blog is not spam, the blog will be unlocked and the message in your Blogger dashboard will no longer be displayed. (...)

We find spam by using an automated classifier. Automatic spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and occasionally a blog like yours is flagged incorrectly. We sincerely apologize for this error. By using this kind of system, however, we can dedicate more storage, bandwidth, and engineering resources to bloggers like you instead of to spammers.

Now let me get this straight, dear Blogger. Just because you "suspect" my blog to be spam (which is not difficult to check), if I would not be online for 20 days (which happens when I am travelling), you would just d-e-l-e-t-e this blog? Two years of work, gone? Just like that? On suspicion of being spam?

Well, now I know what your logo reminds me of:



Voegtli 15 April, 2009 04:06  

I find this shocking. We know that "Google" with all its "nice" things is something like "Big brother watching us". And they are not able to distinguish a real good blog from a spam thing?

Shame on them. Luckily they have a "grace" period of 20 days. So, at least there is a chance to "correct" the thing. If.....

Nabeel 20 April, 2009 03:50  

A long time ago, I got a message like this as well. But they gave me instructions on how to remove my blog from the spam filter or the spam list. Make sure spammers are not posting links through your comment system. if they have, find those comments and delete them. Because what link your blog links to matters when it comes to spamming and google's ranking system.

Magnificent 10 May, 2009 16:00  

This why you should never use Blogger or any other blogging service. By using them you are giving away control of your intellectual property.

Daniel,  14 October, 2009 10:20  

Great tips in your post. I really enjoyed it.

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