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MyBlogLog – Is it Adding Value?

Mybloglog-ProbloggerProBlogger’s MyBlogLog community has continued to grow in number over the last couple of weeks since I added it to my sidebar however the last few days have given me numerous reasons to wonder if I continue with it.

Community Message Spam – I am increasingly spending time deleting spammy comments left on the community from members. While I’m not overly concerned by the ‘check out my community/site/blog’ comments (although leaving a comment like that’s not really incentive for anyone to check out your community/site/blog in my experience) over the last few days I’ve had an increasing amount of ‘harder edged’ spam on my community – particularly linking to porn and drug sites.

The result is that I’m spending more and more time each day removing spam (something I have enough of with my email and blog comment spam).

I’ve suggested to MBL that they give community owners a higher level of moderation. Perhaps one way would be to not only send an email every time a comment is left with a link to the comment – but to include what the comment is as well as a link within the email to delete it (similarly to how WordPress does with comments).

Author Spam – Last night I received numerous invitations from other communities to join them as an author – despite the fact that I’ve never heard of the blogs (let alone the fact that I’ve not written on them). The communities in question listed hundreds of authors. Today a number of other bloggers posted that they’d been added as authors on blogs that they didn’t write on including ShoeMoney, John Chow, Danny Sullivan and Web Metrics Guru. Reading the comments on these blogs shows that many others were spammed this way also. (The Jason Calacanis community also looks like a victim of this as he seems to have been made an ‘author’ of an SEO community).

Reliability – I’ve had a few problems with deleting spammy comments this week. Sometimes it takes hitting ‘delete’ 3-4 times before they actually are deleted.

I guess I’m also still a little confused about what MyBlogLog offers bloggers (as I was last time I wrote about MyBlogLog). While there’s definitely potential there (they do seem to have a large number of enthusiastic users) I’m worried that in it’s current form their communities could actually hurt the reputation of the blogs that they form around.

I’ve already had complaints from a number of readers about the nature of some pictures appearing in the widgets and some of the content in comments left on the community pages. Unless there is added levels of moderation, tighter controls over authorship and some sort of features that adds to community around a blog I’m not sure it’s something I’ll continue much further with.

I’d love to see MyBlogLog go to the next level and become a useful tool to bloggers and blog readers – but adding any feature to a blog has the potential to add to and strengthen that blog’s brand and message – or take from it. When it takes from it there comes a time to take action.

update: The team at MyBlogLog have fixed the co-author spam problem. Well done MBL!

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Comments

  1. Rangga says:

    I received similar request, but then I asked “are you serious”? and he never replied.

    Anyway, I’ve never too much impressed with MyBlogLog community (although I have one neglected account there). I think most people are there to get some popularity — MySpace for blog? most likely

  2. kianbung says:

    whoa. and just as I was thinking about checking out MyBlogLog.

    MySpace for blogs? I think I’ll pass. I have enough spam in my email inbox to really handle any more spam.

  3. Hi Darren,

    I just posted on my blog what I encountered today with someone setting up a community for one of my blog posts, and also MBL didn’t completely remove my old community, when I changed domains.

    Makes me wonder why I still hold on to them too.

    Great post as always,
    Jason

  4. Uway says:

    i use mybloglog a lot more then twitter. that really seems like a waste. it just doesn’t fit into my daily surfing. i think the boys at mybloglog will pull thru with this one. For those noobs it something to do. at the level your at problogger i don’t even see why you waste your time with communities online when you are your own commuinity within yourself. Man does it get lonley at the top.?

  5. seo says:

    I’m not sure I fully understand the concept yet but they do have a cool little widget that allows you to put a face on your readers, which at the same time allowing you to connect with other bloggers that share similar interests.

  6. SEO Genius says:

    This is a fine example of why i sometimes smile because i do not have a comment section on my site, however do you think there are more advantages to allowing users to comment or more disadvantages, do you feel it takes too much time out of your day to delete spam e.t.c

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