Seeing as how I am one of the people affected, I am republishing this interesting posting from fuseoptimisation, although in theory only those blogs at the site which had failed to change their default bylines would have been found, I like the can-do attitude.
“After searching around the internet for ways of finding all the 70,000 blogs which have gone missing I stumbled on the piece of text which is added to the page title of all Blogetery blogs (Just another Blogetery.com weblog) Google is showing 2.8 Million results for this phrase. So I started to break down the results by industry, here are some of the ones I found
With British phrases such as “personal injury” it is clear that many UK SEO companies have been using Blogetery as an easy way to gain links to their sites.
Using Google’s “inurl:” command…
inurl:Blogetery.com – 287,000 results (This includes some non Blogetery sites)
…we can see that if 73,000 blogs were taken down then on average only 4 pages were being indexed per blog. Taking the top result for the inurl:blogetery.com command we can see that Smartech had 771 pages indexed. This can only mean that thousands of the blogs were either not indexed by Google at all, or perhaps just had one page.
“The startling thing for me is that out of the 2.8 million pages that Google lists only a small percentage seem to be optimised for specific industries. The SEO result above was the highest I could find, even gambling sites and adult sites don’t seem to feature. I can only assume that the majority of the blogs were personal blogs by real every day people.
NOTE: When I moved content over to the site from this one about a month ago to check the interface, I did notice a slow uptake on google over the first month which might explain the fact individual blogs on the site were probably badly optimised, however the site as a whole, was a real winner when I made my initial search.