Sploggers sploggers go away

I don't like splogs, the people who just reprint excerpts of other people's stuff in their blogs so that they can get the Google adsense dollars. To me, these are the people who give us a bad name and cause Technorati numbers to be in question.

Well, I've been hit once or twice — but imagine my surprise when I had three pages of these links in Technorati tonight — I think perhaps Technorati hasn't counted them yet nor do I want them to be counted in my link count or expertise ratings.

If you want to see what a splogger is, just take a look at http://www.technorati.com/blogs/coolcatteacher.blogspot.com?reactions&page=1 — you should see the beginnings of the splogging of my article responding to Andrew Keene.

Don't like it, don't want it. Give me authentic blogs, but splogs are a waste of time and money — Google Adsense could can the advertising from sploggers but if they're making money, I guess they see no problem with it.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Karyn Romeis June 11, 2007 - 7:50 am

Recently Stephen Downes mentioned me in one of his posts, and of course my Technorati search picked it up. Then it picked up exactly the same thing in another feed. Stephen’s post was reproduced there, lock stock and barrel, but of course, there is no comment facility to alert readers to this fact, or any way to contact the blogowner to protest.

I emailed Stephen about it, and it seems it has been going on for some time. The guy keeps promising to stop, but never does.

I’m torn between “naming and shaming” and the realisation that doing so would increase his traffic.

Kelly Christopherson June 11, 2007 - 4:41 am

I can see what you mean! I thought your article was a good comment. I’ve used it as a springboard to another entry I’ve just written. Hope that’s okay :)

Andrew Pass June 11, 2007 - 11:13 pm


The interesting thing is I’m in the process of doing some research on the most popular blogs. Your blog comes up number four, on my own little survey with my own methodology. I guess I can probably trust that you’d be about four since if you’ve been splogged everybody else probably has been as well. Regardless, your post raises important questions.


Anastasia June 12, 2007 - 5:10 pm

Hi Vicki! I sent you an email as well. You have been nominated and are a finalist for the Totally Wired Teacher award to be presented at the Ypulse Mashup in San Francisco on July 17th (http://mashup.ypulse.com). Please email me as soon as possible – at anastasia@ypulse.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

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