The Squidoo Spam Problem

Update: HubPages and Squidoo officials explain on their respective blogs what they are doing to overcome the spam-related problems. Thanks guys for listening, and we understand the problem is hard. Keep trying!

Last year when one man brand, Seth Godin, launched Squidoo, it was greeted with enthusiasm. Squidoo offered a way for Lens builders (often enthusiasts) to aggregate some of the best links and information about their pet projects, and get paid. Squidoo, no wonder is (generally speaking) showing decent growth. Unfortunately, Godin’s baby has become a favorite haunt of spammers, especially blog comment spammers.

squidoospam.gifJason Calacanis, who runs a competitor marginally competitive start-up, Mahalo, recently called Squidoo, a “dirty, SEO back-alley.” Squidoo responded by taking some preventive measures, but they don’t seem to be having an impact.

Over past three days we have seen an inordinate amount of blog-spam emerging out of Squidoo. Akismet has been good at catching most of it, but a few of them are slipping through. Other such services, HubPages, Google Pages and the dreaded Tripod have been used by spammers. According to Akismet data, nearly 94% of comments on blogs are “spam.” This is an insanely high percentage, and start-ups such as Squidoo should ensure that spammers don’t hijack their platform, and turn what has been