Comments on: Google’s evil policy on shutting down blogs A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: awebmaster Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:50:05 +0000 Just to give the opposing opinion to this. I’m a webmaster, and I pay for my site to be hosted by a professional company. Every day dozens of Google Blogspot sites steal my text word for word and puts them on their blogs – google then serves these pages up in the search results!

I report them for spam and google usually deletes their blog. I understand that there are some google hosted blogs which are decent. But there’s a lot more which are complete trash and harmful to people like me who rely on their websites to make a living – not just express their opinions.

From what I’ve seen Google does a pretty good job at restoring blogs which do generate their own original content and deserve to exist. Case in point John Hempton’s blog.

If you’ve got something to say which is important don’t rely on a free hosing service. It cost’s almost nothing to set up your own site!

I think the real evil here is the fact Google facilitates this nameless, free dumping ground for people to steal other people’s hard work.

By: DanHess Wed, 13 Jan 2010 21:09:30 +0000 Google showed great leadership in re China today! Rock on, Google!

By: 3.14 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 23:24:57 +0000 > We had over 15K articles posted over a two year period
> trashed and our site marginaizled with no direct links
> in google search, in less than 10 hours after we printed > a satire cartoon on Obama

How can you do it? On average, you posted ~20 articles a day for two years. Are you sure you are not spammer?

I don’t think Google cares whether your blogs are pro- or anti- Obama.

By: VincentWright Tue, 05 Jan 2010 07:03:06 +0000 My friend, Jack Yan, and I have been writing about this on such places as:

1.  /dont_be_evil_google_gimme_my_blog_back _come_out_and_defend_yourself_you_big_gi ant_bully

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3. even on 09/11/dont-be-evil-google-gimme-my-blog- back.html

By: No1Uno Tue, 05 Jan 2010 05:57:57 +0000 If you think for a nano-second that Google doesn’t profile any and every blog on the net that is indexed by them, I have a little test for you!

Just post any article starting with Obama (add any negative or mocking by-line) and find out how quickly your site will be banned from Google. They have filters of all kinds that sus out any negative phrases that don’t match their political agenda on the far left.

We had over 15K articles posted over a two year period trashed and our site marginaizled with no direct links in google search, in less than 10 hours after we printed a satire cartoon on Obama.

Google ARE the brown shirts of today and the future!

By: ChrisMaresca Tue, 05 Jan 2010 02:02:19 +0000 Simple solution here, folks. Don’t use Google provided services. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of places to blog. The worst that can happen is you might have to pay $5/month for the privilege, but then you will have full control.

Or just use – free, not evil (or at least less likely to be evil…).

By: Anonymous Mon, 04 Jan 2010 21:55:49 +0000 Anyone besides me think this alibi is much too convenient? Every decision Google makes can be explained away as an “internal bug.” And none of this tech is discussable because it would give advantage to the evil ones. It is well known in many communities that Blogger shuts down blogs because of outside pressure. People like Yves just get a taste of it and ultimately immune because of the privilege of knowing the right people.

By: Anonymous Mon, 04 Jan 2010 18:16:20 +0000 Joe Biden’s son is his brother?!

By: rklau Mon, 04 Jan 2010 16:28:19 +0000 @MiltonRecht – I wrote up a detailed post about the Girl in Short Shorts situation last July: d-adult-content.html

Shorter version: Becky violated our content policy, and her blog was labeled as having adult content (which it did).

I regret the tone of the quote in the help forms (“please, knock off…”) but please note that was not from a Google employee but one of a number of volunteers who try to help address issues when they come up. I spoke with that person about how they communicate with our users, it’s certainly not how I’d like to see users treated.

@Uncle_Billy – our policy, support and legal teams routinely are called upon to manually review blogs for a variety of reasons. If they are found to be in violation of our Content Policy ( then they will be shut down.

By: mattmc Mon, 04 Jan 2010 14:57:59 +0000 In addition to a high link content, one thing that might trigger the spam detection algorithm is large sections of text being quoted. If the blog was quoted in lots of other higher page rank places, the algorithm is more like to see those places as the source of the info.