Dec 30, 2009

Blocking Google Follower Profiles on Your Website

Google Followers A regular site visitor sent me an email and informed me that one of my Google Followers was actually a dummy profile advertising porn. Now, I am pretty much a live-and-let-live sort of person, but at the same time I have no interest in allowing my websites to be used as repositories of spam links to pornographic sites, especially sites that promote such fare as "Hot Young Asians." Even more objectionable was the profile image, which was a picture of female genitalia.

Anyways, I was a bit perplexed about the method for eliminating from my website the presence of questionable Followers. I surfed a bit and learned that blocking Google Follower profiles is accomplished in the following manner:
1. Go to your Blogger dashboard.
2. Click on the Followers icon for the blog.
3. Click on the Follower in question.
4. Click on "Block this user."
This simply removes the profile from your public list of Followers, while the Follower can still receive your RSS feeds and/or updates. The Follower in question can still visit the site and keep the problematic profile, but your other site visitors do not have to see the offensive profile.

Readers with more than a dozen Followers would be well advised to regularly scan the Follower list to make sure that legitimate site visitors are there, as spammers have been using the Followers tool to promote all sorts of dubious websites.


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microdot said...

uhhh, it's not porn, it's art really and it's all tastefully presented!
Please don't delete me.