Flashback to a March '05 TW thread Button Pushing goes Mainstream with Fake Blog Creation Now this from Versign about buying Winer's ping service (emphasis mine):
"I noted this morning searching for something on Technorati that they are telling us that we can search more than 18 million blogs now. I believe that’s true, but only if we’re fairly charitable in what we’d call a blog.
We’ve just begun doing some analysis on just how many blogs out there are real – the work of real humans crafting posts – rather than simply splogs – web pages that are generated automatically by scripts and programs to look just like (or much like) real blogs, but serve only as a place to park keywords that will hopefully be found in a search, and advertisements that hopefully will be clicked on by humans who happen to somehow land on that page. In talking to Google, they can confirm what our initial scan tells us: there are an enormous number of splogs out there, and the number is growing faster than the number of real blogs. By a good margin."
With all the back-slapping and suspender-snapping I've seen in the 'sphere lately, I haven't seen any workable solutions. Blind eye, I guess.