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Google Blog Search and Spammy Incoming Links

So there is this ridiculously bullshit scraper site “Random Blog Blog” (which I’ll refrain from linking to) that scrapes my content from CSS-Tricks. OK, whatever. There are zillions of scraper sites. They’ll never get any search engine traffic, nobody actually reads them, I’m really not worried about it. But in WordPress (by default), the “incoming links” part of the Dashboard shows incoming links from Google Blog Search. Normally it does a pretty decent job and it’s kinda fun to see incoming links. But apparently because I’m in the “blogroll” on this Random Blog Blog, EVERY SINGLE POST they steal from other blogs counts as an incoming link to me. Again, fine, whatever, but because of this, it renders that incoming links section totally useless to me:

Booooooo.