Troll Hunt Anyone? See #9

By: GardenGrrl , 3:29 PM GMT on July 26, 2012

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Ad Zombies, Robo-Trolls, purveyors of poorly translated plagerisms with questionable links to questionable products. I've noticed many folks in WUville are getting tired of these robo-blogs.

Let's take 'em out. If you have a good virus protection program on your computer, this is important because a lot of these come loaded with bad things. How about a bunch of us going through these and clicking the "!" button. Perhaps this will get the new weatherchannel admin to take these out of the blogs.

Be sure not to click on any of the links.

Speaking of advertising, all the fun web sites that you go to, including this one are usually supported by the annoying ads. In fairness, to pay dues, when coming to the blogs try to click on one "mainstream" ad everytime. You don't have to read it. They get their revenue through clicks. Don't click on cheap looking ads for product you never heard of. These can have malware. Only click mainstream stuff.
This will help ensure that our blogs stay here because the soul sucking corporate giant is making money on them....if they don't, well you know what happens then.

Some fun with the "ad generators". They pick out key words and tailor adds to them. Just for grins we should have an "Add Zombie Day".

Type several times in your blog; Zombies, living dead, gothic, survival and see what kind of adds turn up. If a lot of blogs do this the results should be hilarious.

Zombie Zombie Zombie "Living Dead" Gothic, gothic, survival, survival.

Let's keep this a robo-troll free zone...or if we are stuck with them, at least make them entertaining.

Sabre Rattling from the blog porch, Gardengrrl

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22. sandiquiz
6:13 PM GMT on July 28, 2012
If yesterday was 'Sunday' today must be 'batcave' day!

I am so glad you enjoyed the Opening Cermony. Your 'Wow, oh wow' said it all.
I know the start might have been weird to non Brits, but the end, the coming together of the individual flames to make one Olympic flame was stunning :-)

A short week so only three days!
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21. seflagamma
2:06 PM GMT on July 28, 2012
Hi GG,

I also pay membership on 2 blogs, my seflagamma and my halloween, FloridaBlondie blog I get out once or twice a year.

I never see the ads.

I for one hope this site stays on for more years because, while I do not get here as often as I use to .... I do still love it.

Hope all is well in your world and hello to all friends who stop by here.

Enjoy your weekend.
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20. Jonas
2:00 PM GMT on July 28, 2012
Hang in there, gang!
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19. Alleyoops
1:53 AM GMT on July 28, 2012
Great idea girl. Thanks for putting up this blog.
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18. GardenGrrl
9:21 PM GMT on July 27, 2012
Hey all, it's almost time for the Olympic Ceremony to show here. My internet has been going in and out today. Time Warner must be doing some work nearby.Hope it stays up long enough for me to finish this.

Hey Auburn, thats some good hunt'en. You flush 'em, we shoot 'em. (If you see a potential spam blog with only one comment, it's Auburn marking it as spam and requesting people hit the "!" to flag it.)

Hi Briarcraft, LOLOLOL :D Uff-da thats a big troll. May take more than a flag on that guy.

Hi Calpoppy, yeah it looks like it's going well. Got the torches and pitchforks out.

Hi Prose, I go back and forth on whether or not to get the membership just to avoid the ads. Then again it's an election year so I've been clicking like crazy on the oppositions ads. They usually have a base charge and then pay per click.

Hi Shore, sent you the screen shot. Like the chicken.

Hi Ylee, yep just didn't have the heart to flag the cement pelican.

Hi Sandi, Was really hoping the news would do a piece on all the bells being rung across England. May have to check you-tube. I think today is a hybred of Saturday as tomorrow is my Sunday.
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17. sandiquiz
8:14 AM GMT on July 27, 2012
Quoting SBKaren:
Am I the only one that uses this feature? I always hear of people saying they saved someone's blog from dropping off the bottom of the page, but none of my favorites ever drop off a page, because my page isn't that long!


Karen - I do the same, hardy ever go to the main blogs, as I use 'my favourites'. I am a fully paid up member of WU and of Flickr, the two sites I use the most.
On a 13 inch widescreen laptop, if I had ads along the top and sides I would never have room for the main action in the middle!

PS I am also a fully paid up member of Sadielady and of my "Halloween nom-de-plume", which no one has yet guessed! lol

Morning GG - hope you Sunday goes well (if Wednesday was Friday, today must be Sunday!) lol
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16. Ylee
3:03 AM GMT on July 27, 2012
I guess the strategy worked, for at this moment, there's no weird blogs on the main list!

Hey, where's my blog?!? Oh, there it is, nevermind! :)
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15. shoreacres
2:19 AM GMT on July 27, 2012
GG ~ I just went in and checked my settings at WordPress. You ought to be able to sign in to comment using only your email address and name. If you have a minute sometime, try leaving any comment again, even if you just say "hi". I get an email whenever a comment is left, so I can delete it right away if you want - but I do want to figure it out if there's some kind of problem.

People were ranting and raving a few weeks ago, but I never had any problems, even with non-WP folks. There could be a new glitch.
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14. Proserpina
1:04 AM GMT on July 27, 2012
I was confused while reading about ads, etc. Did not know what you were referring to since I do not see ads. Then I read what BriarCraft wrote and understood the problem. I am a paid member as well, I would go insane if I had to look at those ads.

Thank you for the reminder about why I opt for paid membership.
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13. SBKaren
12:50 AM GMT on July 27, 2012
I am also a paid member so I see no ads. I also use the "My Favorite blogs" feature found at the bottom of the drop down menu under "Blogs". I just add the blogs I visit (and to be honest, I don't have tons), and when I come here, I just click on Blogs>scroll down to My Favorite Blogs and the page that comes up looks similar to the listing of all the blogs, but it's only my favorites.

You can add anyone to your favorite blog list by clicking on the star that is next to their picture or name on the right hand side.

Am I the only one that uses this feature? I always hear of people saying they saved someone's blog from dropping off the bottom of the page, but none of my favorites ever drop off a page, because my page isn't that long!
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12. calpoppy
10:15 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
Looks like a successful hunt!!!
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11. BriarCraft
10:04 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
I know not of what you speak. I haven't seen an ad here since I joined in 2004. I'm not sure I would know an Ad Zombie if I saw one. Whether you click on ads or pay annual membership dues, it's a way of supporting WUville and making sure it stays around. If it don't pay, it won't stay.

I haven't sprung for membership on Photobucket or Food.com because I don't use them all that much. I do use WU almost daily. Besides, it's really cheap compared with other sites and IMO it offers so much more.

Speaking of trolls, here's the Fremont Troll, who lives under the Fremont bridge in Seattle.

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10. auburn (Mod)
8:10 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
I am a paid member I have no ads.also GG I sent you a WU mail.
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9. GardenGrrl
7:40 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
To Clear Up Confusion

I have two forums going on here
1 is to get rid of the robo-blogs because besides taking up blog space they are often filled with viruses and malware for anyone that clicks on the links.

The "robo" blogs are the ones that don't make much sense, like someone with small grasp of english is writing them. Their links can be hostile.

With the new change of management it seems admin is allowing these. Only by multiple people clicking the "!" will admin possibly take these out.

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2nd forum is like what Shore says; the new managment does not care right now.
This could mean the blogs are not making money for them so they get no resources and could perhaps go away.

The way to save our blogs is to have them make money for the new management.
Websites make money by having lots of advertising. Everytime someone clicks on legitimate ads, the website you are visiting, like WU, gets money from the advertisers. The mostly legitimate adds are not blogs or links, they are the picture type adds found on the side bars of our blogs and throughout the website.

Like the robo-blogs, not all the "legitimate" advertising is safe to click on. Only click on ones that advertise mainstream products and brands you are familiar with. This gives our new owners money and makes them happy to keep WU blogs.

I know it's a pain, but to "pay your way" and keep the blogs up, click on legitimate adds. You don't have to read them, just navigate back here after you click.

So two things, #1 get rid of bad roboblogs/spam that can be harmful.
#2 Make the new owners care about keeping the blogs maintained and up by helping them make money by clicking on legit adds.

The zombie thing is just fun and silliness. The google ad scanner looks for key words or nouns used often and tailors the adds to those words. If you write Zombie, undead etc quite a few times in quite a few blogs, the adds they will start sending will be hilarious.

Okay, so that was three things.
Hope this clears things up.
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8. auburn (Mod)
7:17 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
Quoting 1759:
your blog is facinating yet a little confusing to me .Could you please tell us ,you want us to click on adds? I do like your pictures did you take them?


No DO NOT click on the ads..click on the little red ! at the top of the blog page..you could get maleware if you click on the ads..
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7. 1759
7:09 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
your blog is facinating yet a little confusing to me .Could you please tell us ,you want us to click on adds? I do like your pictures did you take them?
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6. shoreacres
6:41 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
From my cursory glances, most of these are not trolls in the true sense.

They're "back-linking", trying to drive up their SEO rating by inserting links to their website in other pages. That's why the gibberish doesn't matter. It's the links that count. Inserting backlinks into a high-quality site (i.e. one with high traffic) is best. That's why WU is such a target.

In addition, there are services that will do backlinking for content-poor, lazy webmasters. You can spot services working over the WU pages when multiple handles show up with only a letter or two's difference in their names.

Here's one article, taken pretty much at random.

As for getting WU to take them down - I wouldn't count on there being much interest. From my perspective, the sudden surge in backlinkers is an indication that WU has STOPPED doing any monitoring, and it may be a first sign of deletion or significant changes in the blog page.
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5. janetlee
6:26 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
I use the main blog page but only go to the blogs I know are true blogs. There is a lot of interesting reading off the beaten path. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out true from fake. But on the other hand if I can I'm sure sooner or later the robots will also figure it out. Interesting idea of yours however. Might be worth a try
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4. WxWyz
5:53 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
Auburn...I think I actually saw it mentioned on one of your postings. Yeah, it's really nice. i thought maybe some of the ads would go away but wow, was I surprised! Thanks for the tip.
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3. auburn (Mod)
5:32 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
Quoting WxWyz:
This is one of the main reasons I left the blogs. That and the "political experts" (in their dreams) and their rants.

If your browser is Firefox, I highly recommend the add-on Adblock Plus 2.1.2. It eliminates all ads from all sites, including WU. I was skeptical until I downloaded it and now I wished I done it a long time ago!

Take care...


I use ad block and have for a year or so..Love it..
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2. WxWyz
4:29 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
This is one of the main reasons I left the blogs. That and the "political experts" (in their dreams) and their rants.

If your browser is Firefox, I highly recommend the add-on Adblock Plus 2.1.2. It eliminates all ads from all sites, including WU. I was skeptical until I downloaded it and now I wished I done it a long time ago!

Take care...
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1. sandiquiz
4:11 PM GMT on July 26, 2012
Sabre Rattling from the blog porch!!

LOL, was the long week tiring!

I only ever open my favourite blogs and never open the main blog gallery, so miss out on the 'tiresome' fun!
Must try doing that this weekend if I get bored!

First!!
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