Digg’s blog this feature is currently being exploited by spammers to cloak spam sites in order to escape spam filters and boost pagerank. Below you’ll find a shocking example of a user that’s doing just that.
This is possible because there are no adequate checks or even transparency for the process. Anybody cans set up a Digg account, start digging and submitting stories as well as blog the Digg submissions themselves.
Why is there no transparency? Although you can check who blogged a digg submission under “Who Dugg or Blogged This?”, you cannot see what the users blogged from their profile. Since people rarely check who blogged an article and since the information is not accessible from the profile it provides a great playground for spammers to hide their activities.
To be frank, I really don’t know the full extent of how this works since I’m not a spammer or an SEO who might know these things. All I know is that it’s rampant and needs to be fixed.
One example I’ve found in particular is a user called Mihuanec. According to his profile he’s dugg 8,283 stories without a single submission or comment since registering on November 10, 2006. He doesn’t list any website on his profile but you’ll find that he has blogged many articles.
For example, take a look at who blogged this submission. You’ll find Mihuanec’s blog listed. The blog’s domain is called www.primenewsblog.com but if you visit you’ll see that he has hijacked all the articles to promote hentai porn. It’s safe to visit since there are no images just text.
This is just one example of many. It seems that this is probably one of the best kept secrets for spammers and unscrupulous SEOs. Not sure if it’s to fool spam filters or throw off search engines but the fact is Digg’s good standing with search engine results are being exploited.