Splogs or Spam Blogs
I am not usually one to agree with Mark Cuban, but he has a point when he says that spam blogs make up a good percentage of the blogs around the net. I don't know about blogger.com being the problem, but I do know that when I search technorati or blo.gs I get a huge amount of crap. I actually deeply dislike the spammy blogs, and will hate when we get to spamcasts. There is the question of what to do about it, but there isn't much that can be done. Remember the 'blink' tag?
One of the options is to, shudder – gasp, have someone read the blogs at random for quality and then delete the spam blogs. Ice Rocket has it's way of doing things automatically, and I haven't found it to be a very useful search tool. It looks pretty though! Still, if he were to stop indexing blogger.com blogs, what good would it do. No one really uses his engine, it would be like those guys who stand around in downtown San Francisco yelling at the tall buildings. It is plenty dramatic, but has no effect.
I think that the only automated process that could work against the spam blogs would be for companies to license the spam filtering engines that are getting pretty good right now and include that technology in the blog aggregators. Then no one would be stopping anyone from putting up garbage, it would just be that no one could find it.
If the major search engines don't start doing the same kind of filtering, they could risk becoming marginal, however Yahoo! is doing a pretty good job of filtering out the junk. I'd say to the spam bloggers, even the good intentioned ones, get an informercial, at least that way you won't make potential customers add you to the list of companies they will never buy anything from.