Wow Blogger Deemed All My Hard Work Spam

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I was following along One Week Marketing, advised to do make a Blogger blog, which I did. It was going great - traffic increasing, etc. Posting daily unique content once then a fully credited EZA article in between my unique posts.

Woke up this morning to the whole thing gone.

How's this spam? Are you not allowed to link to your domain in your posts or something?

I'm pissed.

Just one MORE reason to own those domains, people.

Tiff
#blogger #deemed #hard #spam #work #wow
  • Profile picture of the author greff
    Tiff,

    Did you contact Google about this? Believe it or not, they sometimes listen.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    One of the many dangers or "annoying" advantages of using free services.

    it's quite a pity but I'm glad you learned a lesson from it.

    Google has changed many things these days, believe me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Dalangin
    Is your domain new? I think they prevent new domains
    with good backlinks in their search results.

    What I always did is let Google index it first by pinging
    and bookmarking using just onlywire and pingomatic
    then after that is the linking to other sites for link juice.

    If it is an old domain they might have new server and
    it might be your domain was not there or not crawled yet.
    Check their servers if in all servers your domain is not
    included.

    If you can PM me the domain, I will investigate what
    cause this.

    Ross
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  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
    Were you logging in regularly?

    Years ago I used Blogger and their bot flagged my blog as spam. The next time I logged in, I was told to click a link to within a short time period (maybe 10 days?) so that a human reviewer could look at it. I clicked the link, the human took a peek, and all was fine.

    However, the blog would have disappeared if I hadn't clicked the link within the set time period. And they didn't send me an email about it (or at least I didn't get it), so mainly they relied on Bloggers logging back in.

    I don't know if things have changed as this was several years ago, but that's one possibility.

    Cheers,
    Becky
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    • Profile picture of the author Marian
      It's a good idea to remove the navbar because it's very easy to flag a blog with just one click.

      Marian
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    • Profile picture of the author Nonny
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Years ago I used Blogger and their bot flagged my blog as spam. The next time I logged in, I was told to click a link to within a short time period (maybe 10 days?) so that a human reviewer could look at it. I clicked the link, the human took a peek, and all was fine.

      However, the blog would have disappeared if I hadn't clicked the link within the set time period. And they didn't send me an email about it (or at least I didn't get it), so mainly they relied on Bloggers logging back in.
      I had the exact same experience as Becky. I had a blog flagged as spam (likely because it was a local entertainment blog where almost every post linked to Myspace), clicked on the link for a human review, and it was reinstated within a week or so.

      My understanding is that the initial flagging is usually completely automated, based on the pattern of your posts and links, and that a human review is usually enough to get your blog reinstated.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Ahhh too bad. Yeah ... probably not a good idea to put anything you value on Blogger or any other free platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Greg, I think I'm just gonna move all my content to my own domain. No more worries that way. I read the TOS and it states that you can't create a blog with the intention of driving traffic to your own domain. And that, of course, was the goal I had learned in the course. lol

    Becky, yes I was posting daily. All was going well. Or so I thought. lol

    Marian - can you please explain how to do this? Many of my subscribers asked me about how to do this and I still have a few Blogger blogs I'd like to do it for as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author cyberws
      Tiffany, you NEVER spam! What a bummer. I just hope you saved a copy of the pages you put on blogger?

      Amazon sent out an email saying that now it was easy to build Amazon stores on Blogger and I was thinking about doing just that. Forget that. If they removed your work, no one is safe.
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    • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
      Originally Posted by TiffanyDow View Post

      Becky, yes I was posting daily. All was going well. Or so I thought. lol
      Uff. I thought maybe you were dripping content or using some other means of posting the content where you didn't have to log in manually yourself.

      In that case -- I have no idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      People,

      Tiffany explained it clearly - you guys, just don't read...

      Originally Posted by TiffanyDow View Post

      I read the TOS and it states that you can't create a blog with the intention of driving traffic to your own domain. And that, of course, was the goal I had learned in the course. lol
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      • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
        Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

        People,

        Tiffany explained it clearly - you guys, just don't read...
        Goes to show how observant people actually are >

        That really sucks that happened. I built my blogger blog without any suspect that blogs would get deleted, I transferred to my own domain (but still use Blogger interface)... the only suggestion I can make is to regularly back up your files. I do that with mine
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    Originally Posted by TiffanyDow View Post

    Are you not allowed to link to your domain in your posts or something?
    This is not based on fact, but is a theory...

    I'm guessing you only linked to your own domain, and did not link to other sites. This would show the immediate intent to only drive traffic to your own domain.

    If you were linking to news items, YouTube Videos, and other blogs, I'd guess this would not have happened.
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    • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
      Originally Posted by KansasDragon View Post

      This is not based on fact, but is a theory...

      I'm guessing you only linked to your own domain, and did not link to other sites. This would show the immediate intent to only drive traffic to your own domain.

      If you were linking to news items, YouTube Videos, and other blogs, I'd guess this would not have happened.
      No I linked to the clickbank product I was promoting thru a redirect of my own domain. But I also linked to 5 different squidoo lenses I owned AND I and every other post as a fully credited EZA - with links back to all those author's domains on relevant topics, so I'm not sure

      Also had YouTube on there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    Oh man, Tiffany...what a letdown! I'm sorry this happened to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monika Mundell
    Originally Posted by TiffanyDow View Post


    Just one MORE reason to own those domains, people.

    Tiff
    Too right! I believe if you post on Blogger blogs and link to ANYTHING before you are indexed and seen as legit they will blacklist your site automatically. It could be their fight to get rid of the many Spam blogs that pop up every minute.

    I'm curious, why wouldn't you publish all this hard work on your own domain? It's not that you couldn't afford it?

    Monika
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    Hmmm, If they are going to blacklist you for having links, then why are they and Amazon promoting doing Amazon Affiliate marketing through Blogger sites.

    I think someone screwed up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Mensah
      Originally Posted by KansasDragon View Post

      Hmmm, If they are going to blacklist you for having links, then why are they and Amazon promoting doing Amazon Affiliate marketing through Blogger sites.

      I think someone screwed up.
      that is ridunculous...yes that is a word just another reason
      to hesitate before using blogger sites. Someone had made a WSO about automating them too...I'd hate for that method to no longer be effective
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOExpert104
    Really sorry this happened, things will get better
    I agree, Google changed many stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author downhomebruce
    This is such a bummer for Tiff, one of the absolute straightest shooters out there. So what it says to me is that Blogger is no longer "safe," even if they've got this great new relationship with Amazon Associates to make themselves seem more marketer friendly.

    Chock up another black mark for Google. Ain't it fun working for them? LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Antonio Gavrila
    Hey Tifanny,

    I am very sorry of what happend to you.
    Doing a lot of hard work and after everything gets erased for no reason,this is simple not faire.
    You should contact Google,maybe they have an explanation of this.
    My advice is to get some money and get yourself a domain and a hosting.Never trust free platforms or always make a backup with them.

    Regards

    Tony Shui
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    • Profile picture of the author LetsGoViral
      Originally Posted by Tony Shui View Post

      Hey Tifanny,

      I am very sorry of what happend to you.
      Doing a lot of hard work and after everything gets erased for no reason,this is simple not faire.
      You should contact Google,maybe they have an explanation of this.
      My advice is to get some money and get yourself a domain and a hosting.Never trust free platforms or always make a backup with them.

      Regards

      Tony Shui
      If you don't have a backup you can use Google cache most of the time.
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      • Profile picture of the author ejullya
        Hi Tiffany,

        I was very interested in hearing what happened to you. I am also following One Week Program. I have my own sites that I use as blog/sites.

        I wonder though, I use the 3stepads also recommended in the program. That seems to work very well for me but it is also a free (ad) blog system. I do post on it quite a bit and link back to my sites, obviously to drive traffic to my sites (I thought all the hard work we do is to drive traffic to our sites???)

        Do you think that something like the blogger incident you described could also affect the 3stepads system or is it just blogger. Blogger does not have a good reputation and I don't use blogger anymore.

        Dita
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    The technique you were using at Blogger should work perfectly fine with your own domain.

    ...With one big exception....

    You can now put whatever you want on your site and test ad placement like crazy. You can even grab leads via optin.
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  • Profile picture of the author pavionjsl
    Lost 2 myself this week, no link backs to site yet.

    Here is the nav bar removal code.


    Blogger's navbar is the navigation bar that appears on top of all blogger powered blogs. Most of the new bloggers try to remove this bar as soon as they create their blog as the bar makes a blog look less professional.

    Secondly, when a visitor on your blog clicks "next blog" on the navbar, he'll be redirect to some new blog on the same window making your blog disappear from the view.

    To remove or hide the blogger navbar from the top, follow the steps:

    1. Go to your Layout of your blogger account.
    2. Then in "Edit HTML" tab.
    3. Find (Ctrl+F)

    ]]></b:skin>

    and just above the tag, place this code:

    #navbar-iframe { display: none !important;}



    4. Click "Save Template" to apply and save the change.



    View your blog, with no navbar on the top


    Picked this up from whats his name in the forum.........crap I forget.....But not mine. Works though most times.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrs S
    Tiff I commented on your blog about this earlier. It's a shame that Google are throwing decent blogs out and I agree that you should ask them to reconsider.

    I suppose its another example where the work of the black-hatters affects the rest of us.

    Interestingly this weeks Super Affiliate Challenge homework is to build a Blogger blog and write a revew that links to our affiliate sales page. Needless to say I'm writing that review on my own hosted wordpress blog instead!
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    Well it's about time we caught you.

    After years and years of nothing but decent hard working honesty, integrity, and helping folks through this marketing maze, we see what you were really up to.

    Your master plan all along was to find a way, come hell or high water, to abuse Blogger
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Wagoner
    Picked this up from whats his name in the forum.........crap I forget.....But not mine. Works though most times.
    Yeah, good ol' What's His Name has helped me almost as much as What's Her Face.

    Sorry to hear 'bout that Tiff.

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer person.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tomwood
    It's my belief that if you follow the link for human review Google then knows this is a blog someone is actually looking after and not some bot created piece of rubbish.

    In which case they should reinstate you just my belief okay perhaps my best guess
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  • Profile picture of the author BigMon
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    • Profile picture of the author davidjames42973
      I had something similar happen to me about a month ago with blogger. They emailed me something about my site being "spammy" and wanted me to confirm my phone number with them. I sent them my phone number and they called me with a confirmation number. I added that number to their site and my stuff was back up and running.

      Check your email to see if they give you this option...
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    I got the gmail account disabled thing along with my blogger email - had to give them my mobile # so they could text me and i could give the confirmation # to get my gmail back.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    Willie Crawford had this happen. He had a neat blog set up about toenail fungus. I had never heard of it before but about a dozen articles there were so interesting I read them all. I have been interested in it ever since. He mentioned it in his forum as an example about a tiny little niche that could make money.

    Went back a couple of months later and it was gone. Checked at his forum to see what had happened and it had been deleted.

    Fortunately he could afford his own domain too, so guess it turned out all right.
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  • Profile picture of the author helkay
    What a shame! I suppose everyone can learn from this, although that doesn't help you! Never mind, onward and upward!
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Google cache is only showing me one page - here's the url of the blogger blog: http://beardeddragontips.blogspot.com/ I could find one page that worked. The others, when I click cache, don't work.

    isn't 3stepads one she owns dita?

    I'm just gonna fork over the $0.89 at Godaddy for the dot info domains and get to blogging
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    • Profile picture of the author ejullya
      Originally Posted by TiffanyDow View Post

      Google cache is only showing me one page - here's the url of the blogger blog: http://beardeddragontips.blogspot.com/ I could find one page that worked. The others, when I click cache, don't work.

      isn't 3stepads one she owns dita?

      I'm just gonna fork over the $0.89 at Godaddy for the dot info domains and get to blogging
      No she does not seem to own 3stepads. It's a guy who owns it.

      Tiffany, if you have not used it try it it seems to do wonders for your keyword ranking. Also it really helped me get indexed. I just don't know if one could "overuse" it and then get slapped by google that is why I responded to your post with that question.

      I wonder if anyone can help.

      Dita
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  • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
    Originally Posted by TiffanyDow View Post

    Woke up this morning to the whole thing gone.
    I'm going to have to call BS on that. Maybe it was disabled where you have to login to your account and request a review but not "whole thing gone". The only way that would happen would be if you didn't respond to an email sent to the address you signed up with after 10 days had gone by. Of course, a lot of people sign up with throw-away emails and when something happens because they ignore their emails they blame Blogger.
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    • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
      Originally Posted by bgmacaw View Post

      I'm going to have to call BS on that. Maybe it was disabled where you have to login to your account and request a review but not "whole thing gone". The only way that would happen would be if you didn't respond to an email sent to the address you signed up with after 10 days had gone by. Of course, a lot of people sign up with throw-away emails and when something happens because they ignore their emails they blame Blogger.
      Nope no BS on that. They have different emails they send out - some give a warning, some lock it but leave it for a review, some delete the whole thing.

      I check email hourly practically - no emails missed. I log in daily there. No warning, period. It went to my main email address and I get all of their emails. I have several blogs there.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrsray
    Originally Posted by TiffanyDow View Post


    Just one MORE reason to own those domains, people.

    "whole thing gone"

    Tiff
    you said it! and you are right, they don't warn you... it is just gone

    this has happened to me twice now ... one was restored but it took a long time ... one I am trying to get restored now

    sorry you are going through it too
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    • Profile picture of the author JGLinked
      I would love to know what triggered a no warning that would result in getting deleted. Google should spend more time in customer service instead of simply playing big brother.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    I've been warned before....had to email them back to prove it wasn't a bot generated blog. ...then everything was OK...still I think these 'free' sites are risky long term. I have about 30 blogger blogs but I can't assume any will be there forever.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marakatapolis
    Here is a copy/paste from a blog that tells you how to remove the navbar, but also how to get rid of the gap created at the top in some themes:


    After hiding the Nav Bar in Blogger using Classic Template, there tends to be a gap that replaces the navigation bar. The gap may be white, red, green, blue, or black in color, depends on what is your background color. To remove the gap, find the following code (normally near the top of the HTML):
    body {

    Add in the following like of code after the body tag:

    position: relative;
    top: -32px;

    Click on SAVE TEMPLATE CHANGES button when done.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    I read up on a lot of it and there are the three tiers - warning, but nothing done; warning with lock; deletion - no warning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Sober
    If the hide navbar code above and the one linked to doesn't work, this is what I use and it does work.

    Code:
    #navbar-iframe {
    height:0px;
    visibility:hidden;
    display:none;
    }

    Just place it in the css section of the html

    You may also want to drop these in the head section if you want targeted adsense to show.

    Code:
    <meta content='your keywords here' name='keywords'/>
    <meta content='your description here' name='description'/>
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    I would assume...

    an experienced marketer of your caliber...

    would have known to not put so much time
    and effort into something like a free blogger
    blog...

    Just goes to show that all of us, no matter
    how experienced, continue to make mistakes.

    Lesson Learned
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    • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
      Originally Posted by WhoIsBenjamin View Post

      I would assume...

      an experienced marketer of your caliber...

      would have known to not put so much time
      and effort into something like a free blogger
      blog...

      Just goes to show that all of us, no matter
      how experienced, continue to make mistakes.

      Lesson Learned
      Well I'm glad I have a caliber

      Just an FYI - The reason I did this was because I was doing a long case study on another marketer's product - One Week Marketing. I wanted to give it 110% to see if the product worked, etc. I never half ass anything - especially a product review.

      So it wasn't my personal choice - I followed instructions to a T so I could report the eventual results over time.

      Tiff
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