How to know if you are getting Mybloglog Spam

Looking through my website stats I noticed showing a number of times. This is a service where you can open a web page repeatedly by setting the url and regularity of the refreash.

Here is the evidence and what to look for.

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What the hell is going on with all this Widget Spam?

So are we seeing a new term in the making. Widget spam. is now on the front line of fighting spam. But it’s a new kind of spam. Widget spam is where you continually load up a website so your avatar is displayed on the blog that is being targeted.

the idea then being that people will click on your picture and fo to your mybloglog profile, then on to any blogs listed clicking on adsense ads on the way.
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What has the Title tag ever done for me?

All this talk of using social media or social media optimisation made me rethink the basics.

You can’t get more basic than the title tag, I blogged my thoughts on how we can use the title tag over at sure it’s basic stuff. is meant for beginners, but as a long time user of seo techniques we sometimes get dazzled by the new new thing and forget the fundementals.

Take time crafting your title tags, giving them the love they deserve and they will give you love you back. Although there is debate raging about how important on page optimisation is for seo. Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land pretty much nailed the debate shut with this post. I mean, what can you add after that.

Using social bookmarking sites such as Digg, Reddit, Netscape, has made me more aware of my title tags . Making me reach for my copywriting books a bit more often.

As John Carlton says it’s all about the “incongruent juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated ideas, facts or events.”

In fact, another thing Carlton teaches is that if you want to know how to write headlines go read the National Enquirer.

Think how enticing the headline, “Boy Eats Own Head” is. Also, womens magazines are great for how to write a cool headline. Next time you are at the magazine stand looking for Linux magazines check out the front covers of Allure, Cosmopliatan, Vogue. They all have snappy, enticing, irrisistable – to the target market – sub headlines that say the maximum amount in the minimum amount of words.

Michael Fortin also blogs Carltons quote

Techcrunch suffers Mybloglog spam

As I said in an earlier post, Mybloglog spam is too easy and too worthwhile.

SEO solo has an article about how he set up a spam experiment.

Simply buy opening a new acount, seeting his Opera browser to refreash every minute, he opens 20 top blogs that display members avatars and lets it run. He notes that he received a lot of contacts and traffic for the website he listed on the fake account spiked whils the experiment was running.

First, good job on making this public SoloSEO and not trying to benefit from it.

Of course you can ban members pictures popping up on your blog, but who has the time to monitor these things.

It should be easy to fixe, anyone staying on a blog for over an hour refreashing the page every 60 secs is easy to spot. But what if someone makes a script that varies the refreash rate and randomises the top 100 blogs.

Techcrunch talks about it from their point of view from the victim of spam.

You can vote for all three stories at a social bookmarking site about social media