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Technorati founder David Sifry has posted part one of an updated state of the blogosphere, saying that the blogosphere is increasing in size exponentially. According to his research, its doubling in size about once every 5 months, and has increased by over 16 times in the past 20 months. There are about 30,000 – 40,000 new weblogs being created each day, depending on the day.
Bob Wyman of Pub Sub puts the minimum blog census at 16 million while there are probably more than 24 million blogs, and bets there are even more if Asian language blogs are included.
Time for Search Engine Action on Blog Spam!
The dark underbelly to the numbers, Sifry says, is the increase in spam blogs — fake blogs created by robots to generate link farms, which are an attempt to boost search ratings or drive traffic to affiliate sites. Sifry says his numbers eliminate 90% of spam blogs, which they catch and remove from the index.
Although the numbers have decreased radically lately, I’ve had as many as 300 spam comments and trackbacks on my blog in a single day.
It’s time for search engines as well as Six Apart and other blog platforms to do something to stop this content spam.