Google’s Blogger Might Be The Biggest Spam Source, But It Stays Up Alright

Google’s free blogging platform and competitor to WordPress, Blogger, might be one of the biggest source of spam websites and douche bags who leech our hard written work, but it surprisingly has a 100% uptime record in tests conducted over two months by Royal Pingdom.

Blogging Service Downtimes

In a new report released today, the folks at Pingdom tested several blogging platforms including Blogger,, TypePad, Tumblr and Posterours. Surprisingly they left out Drupal from their tests.

Nevertheless, according to their test results, the Blogger platform had the best uptime, which was 100% and was followed by WordPress and TypePad. The worst service was Tumblr, who have been facing some terrible downtimes due to database crashes and 4Chan rage. Over a period of two months, Tumblr was down for over 47.5 hours, their database outage itself had lasted for more than 24 hours.

WordPress and TypePad did have downtimes too, but they had fairly good uptimes at around 99.99%, so most of the downtimes were negligible. On the other hand Posterours were down for 2.1 hours in the past two hours, which is not bad considering that they are seeing a huge influx of casual bloggers posting there.

Overall, Blogger was the winner, however, the amount of spam out there is really concerning. One of the major reasons why you see more spam on Blogger is because unlike WordPress, free Blogger accounts can use advertisements on their websites. Hopefully, Google should work more towards cleaning up the spam on their property, after all they do that all the time for Google Search.

Top Countries Where Internet Is a Risky Business

Internet came as boon for making communicating with people easier. Communication took a new dimension with emails and instant messaging. However, Internet also has its own perils with Viruses, Spyware and Malware being a regular threat for PCs.

Online PC Security

Some of these threats are pretty serious considering that they can snoop in on your personal information including your financial accounts. According to a recent study by AVG, which looked at data from 100+ millions PCs in 144 countries, it found that several countries had a high chance of being affected by Internet threats.

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According to the reports, Turkey is the most riskiest country to surf the web with 1 in 10 Internet users being affected. After Turkey, web users in Russia (1 in 15), Armenia (1 in 24) and Azerbaijan (1 in 39) suffered high rates of attacks. Surprisingly United States is part of the top 10 riskiest countries with a 1 in 48 chance of getting hit by Viruses.

Sierra Leone was one of the safest countries for using Internet with 1 in 696 chances of getting affected, followed by Niger with 1 in 442 and Japan with 1 in 403. The Global average of getting attacked was 1 in 73, with North America being more susceptible with a 1 in 51 chance and Europe being much better with 1 in 72 chances.

Surprisingly Asia (including Asia Pacific) had a rate of 1 in 102 with India having a rate of 1 in 56.9 computers being affected. Pakistan and Bangladesh had a chance of 1 in 47.6 and 1 in 41.2 respectively.

According to AVG spokesperson, Roger Thomson:

First of all, it is safe to say that in every country we surveyed, a minority of users account for a large proportion of attacks. However, there are a number of reasons why our statistics might show Web surfers in the region as disproportionately risky.

Some of it may be down to a tendency to access semi-legal or illegal download sites, while some of it probably is down to being less cautious when it comes to sharing links and files online.

Another factor is the popularity of Internet cafes and people generally sharing computers.  This in particular should serve as a wake-up call to people using a public machine or borrowing a friend or colleague’s to go online.   When accessing web-based services like email, be sure to log out and close the browser when you have finished your session.

Finally the key point is that all these web attacks were successfully caught and stopped by ourselves. Even the global average of facing a 1 in 73 attack on any given day does not present great odds if averaged out across a year. Hence the importance of making sure that your computer really does have the right anti-virus software installed.

Study Statistics

Risky Surfing – the top 10 list (the chances of getting attacked, 1 in X)

  1. Turkey   1 in 10
  2. Russia   1 in 15
  3. Armenia  1 in 24
  4. Azerbaijan   1 in 39
  5. Bangladesh   1 in 41
  6. Laos   1 in 42
  7. Vietnam   1 in 42
  8. Portugal 1 in 43
  9. USA  1 in 48
  10. Ukraine  1 in 48
  11. Pakistan 1 in 48

Safe surfing, the top ten list

  1. Sierra Leone   1 in 696
  2. Niger   1 in 442
  3. Japan  1 in 403
  4. Togo 1 in 359
  5. Namibia 1 in 353
  6. Belize 1 in 302
  7. Madagascar 1 in 283
  8. Mozambique 1 in 264
  9. Zambia 1 in 262
  10. Slovakia 1 in 254

What are the average chances of getting attacked, by continent

  • Globally – 1 in 73
  • North America – 1 in 51
  • Europe – 1 in 72
  • Asia (including Asia Pacific) – 1 in 102
  • Africa – 1 in 108
  • S America – 1 in 164

Indian sub-continent

  • Bangladesh – 1 in 41.2
  • Pakistan – 1 in 47.6
  • India – 1 in 56.9
  • Nepal – 1 in 57.5
  • Afghanistan – 1 in 105.2

You can view a downloadable image of the threats map by visiting this link and view the entire report on the threat index at the AVG blog.

Image Credit: Technollama

India 2nd Largest Contributor Towards Internet Spam

India is no doubt a great technology hub, but along with that it also has a dubious distinction of being the second largest contributor towards internet spam.

India Spam Messages Share in Jan and Feb 2010

In a recent report released by Panda Security, which analyzed over 5 million spam messages generated in January and February 2010, Brazil, India, Korea, Vietnam and USA were the 5 biggest culprits for generating the spam messages. Brazil accounted for 13.76% of the spam messages, followed by India with 10.98% spam messages.

The study further said that over 1 million IP addresses were used to send out the email messages, with an average of 5 messages per IP. Almost 86000 Indian IP addresses were used to send out the spam messages.

Among cities Seoul, Korea was the worst offender followed by Hanoi. In India, New Delhi (which was 3rd overall) came before Bombay and Hyderabad. These cities have a large internet penetration.

Being the 2nd largest contributor towards span is definitely a crown India would like to shed, however, curtailing spam is not easy considering that there are any strict cyberlaws in India with regards to email messages and spam.

It would be good if India could implement a CAN-SPAM Act which is widely used in the US, and fine users for sending out unsolicited emails.

Google Is 4th Largest Traffic Source For Bing

Bing is definitely doing pretty good in the US market with 11.5% market share, however, guess who is sending Bing traffic? Well, there are no surprises in the top 3 traffic sources for Bing, which are MSN, and Windows Live Mail.

Bing Traffic Report For February

So where is the surprise then? Well, let’s call it Google. Google is the 4th largest source for traffic that Bing gets to their site. Wow, how?


Well, Microsoft purchases ads on Google for Bing using Google Adwords for popular terms like "Search Engines", and they also show up high in the search results for several terms, as seen in the screenshot above. This may be one of the main reasons of the traffic Bing gets.

Based on the recent traffic reports from comScore, Bing got around 1.6 billion users in Feb 2010, which implies that Google sent approximately 66.7 million users their way.

Now that big an amount of users would definitely cost a lot, especially when Microsoft is advertising on premium keywords. So no matter what the scenario Google are in, they still making money out of Bing.

The Nitty Gritties

According to the report by Hitwise, almost 43% of the hits to Bing come from MSN domains, followed by Facebook with whom Bing have a deal for search, and Windows Live Mail, which is the proprietary email service owned by Microsoft.

The surprise though is Google at 4th with around 4.1% traffic share, which is almost the same as Facebook and Windows Live Mail, but this might definitely mean that Microsoft has loosened its pockets a lot, and are advertising Bing aggressively on one of the biggest search engines on planet Earth. Yahoo with whom Microsoft signed a deal for search is there at 5th with around 2% of the traffic.

The Bing traffic was compiled by Hitwise and posted on at Twitpic. Danny Sullivan from Search Engine Land, spotted the report and wrote the analysis on it.