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Blogger Guides: How to Fix a Mistakenly Marked as Spam Blog

written by: Dawn Tan•edited by: J. F. Amprimoz•updated: 6/27/2011

This Blogger guide shows you how to fix the problem of your Blogger blog being mistakenly marked as a spam blog. If you do nothing about your blog that had been suspended on suspicion of spam, your blog faces possible deletion in the near future.

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    Steps to Fix a Mistakenly Classified Spam Blog

    Many people's Blogger blog had been mistakenly marked as spam blogs by Blogger in its quest to filter out all spam blogs. As a result, many innocent people have had their blogs locked and suspended with possible deletion. This issue happened because too many spammers had been abusing blogspot to create free blog accounts consisting of irrelevant and nonsensical text which are usually filled with keyword phrases repeated over and over again and are full of links pointing to a particular website. To clamp down on this spam behavior, Blogger used an automated spam classifier to filter out all these spam blogs. However, in this case with automatic spam detection, sometimes genuine blogs get flagged as well.

    If your blog happens to be classified as spam, you will receive a message notifying you that your blog on blogspot had been locked and would be deleted if you do not request for a review within the next 20 days. However, there is no need to panic. If your blog is genuine, there are steps that you can take to fix the mistake and reinstate your blog.

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    Step 1 - Request for a Blog Review

    If your blog has been categorized as a potential spam blog, then you will receive an email or a notification in your Blogger Dashboard asking you to request for a review by filling out a form. This means that your blog has been temporarily suspended pending review and you are not able to create any new blog posts for the moment.

    Click on the link given to you in the message to request for a human review of your blog. Make sure that you have not violated any of Blogger's Terms and Conditions of use. After it has been reviewed, it will be unlocked within 2 working days. If you do not do anything about it and your blog is not reviewed within 20 days, it will be deleted.

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    Step 2 - Check Your Blog for Malware

    Do a thorough self check on your blog to see if you had unknowingly installed any scripts, plugins or malware which may be deemed malicious and remove them at once.

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    Step 3 - Submit Your blog for Spam Appeals

    If your blog has not been restored after four days of submitting the request for a review, you can submit your blog for Spam Appeals for another review. This form may only be used after you had submitted the request for a review in Step 1.
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    Last Resort

    As a final resort if none of the above steps work for you. You can post your request at the Blogger Help Forum. Remember to backup all of your blog posts as a precautionary measure.