"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Editor's note: One only has to take a look around to notice that something evil is happening to the blogosphere. Once a vibrant place to exchange ideas, the blogosphere has been infected by a vocal minority of individuals who are intent on spreading their smut upon a blog site in order to advance their evil agenda via link spam.
Although steps have been taken to defend the comment section, trackbacks have been left fairly open, forcing even the great blog powers such as Blogs 4 God, Powerline, and In The Agora to disable trackbacks altogether. Even the blogmother, Michelle Malkin considered leaving the trackback world, as the spammers reached new depths of depravity. All seemed to be lost...until Blog Search arrived.
Although the above is a "slight exaggeration" of the reality of the blogosphere, truth-be-told trackback spam has been an increasing problem, regardless of which filters, providers, etc. that you use. Although it may be easier to simply eliminate trackbacks altogether, a blogger would miss all of the chatter about their posts.
One great way to combat the spam, yet at the same time view who is linking back to you is to insert search engine links next to your blog permalink, allowing you to view who is linking to you without the annoyance of trackback spam. Here are a few examples below:
- Technorati: Probably one of the largest blog indexes out there, but can be very slow finding linkage throughout the net. Simply insert this coding into your blog and republish:
- Blog Pulse: A great alternative to Technorati, (it's much faster) as well as a lot more organized (not to mention pleasing to the eye). Blog Pulse has a blog index just a million short of Technorati's. Simply insert this code into your blog and republish:
- Blogger Search: Faster than the two above although rumor says Blog Search (for now) has half of the index of it's rivals above. Simply insert the code into your blog and republish:
On further note these codes will only work if you have the ability to change 100% of your blog layout. As you've probably noticed below, I've implemented the last trackback hack, and hope this is was as helpful to you as it was to me. Until trackback spam can be tamed, this blogger may be sticking with these trackback hacks for a while.
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