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The boom in faux blogs

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By Michelle Malkin  •  May 24, 2005 07:12 AM

As I’ve noted before, many (most?) of the 10 million blogs tracked by Technorati are computer-generated (aka “spam blogs”). AdLand notes,

Seems there is a rather large boom in faux blogs lately. I mean blogs that have no real author, but are auto-generated somehow and geared to a very specific topic. I noticed that if we mention anyone famous in a posting here lately, like Paris Hilton, Robbie Willams or Carmen Electra we’ll end up on site dedicated to that ‘star’, like this one webblogz.com/carmen-electra/….

My guess is that after all the hype about blogging, the belief that starting a blog automatically gains a high google-ranking, and the myth that google-text ads can make you thousands of buckaroos some fly-by-nighters simply had to give it a go. It must be working too, as these blog are now mushrooming all over the place, six months ago you might find a single one, now you find at least ten for every conceivable topic.

Something to keep in mind the next time someone starts blathering about the existence of “10 million blogs.”