There’s something that’s been happening on WordPress for a while now.
A real plague.
One that you may not realize exists, because you don’t know where to look.
But just you wait, because it’s only a matter of time until you see it too…
As the title of the post suggests, it’s these damn AI generated posts on WordPress. If you’re unsure as to what I’m talking about, don’t worry, I’ll fill you in shortly.
If you only browse your followers list, naturally, you won’t find any of this.
In addition, at the moment, if you only browse tags, you also won’t see any of this. For the longest time, when I had some free time and good music on I’d browse the anime tag and try to keep up to date with it.
But then eventually I realized that so many anime blogs fall through the cracks because they either don’t use the anime tag, or they use different tags like “otaku” or “animation” or whatever.
Which means that my solution was to go to the Search Bar and type in “anime”, sorted by date. This will show me all posts containing the word “anime”, even those that don’t explicitly use the tag.
Unfortunately, this also reveals a dark side of WordPress.
AI generated posts.
I’m absolutely certain they are generated by AI, there’s no other explanation. I’d say maybe every week or two, a new random topic is found, and all of the sudden, there are thousands of posts from different seemingly randomly generated blogs, all saying essentially the exact same thing, using the same feature images, and talking about the same product.
And these posts are filled to the brim with keywords so that pretty much whatever you search, they will show up. Which is how I come across countless posts household signs, despite searching “anime”.
And household signs is just the latest example.
I took some screencaps of the household signs posts to show you what I mean, and believe me when I say there are hundreds more than what I show here.
Also, note the ridiculous names the AI came up with for the “authors”, as well as how each blog name has a 3 digit number attached to it.
Here’s just a very limited sample I picked out in a matter of seconds, and these are posts that I found side-by-side so I could get two in a single screencap. There are so many of these it’s insane.
And every single one is a different blog, so you can’t just block one and hide them all. It’s a real pain if only because I want to see “anime” posts, and instead I have to scroll past all these garbage posts.
The good news though is that you’ll only see these if you use the search function of WordPress. But what really worries me?
How long till these AI generated posts start adding tags? I have to imagine it’s only a matter of time. If they have bots / scripts that are generating countless separate free WordPress blogs and countless posts like this, you have to imagine they’ll be tagging those posts soon enough.
It seems that these posts in particular are both trying to push views onto YouTube videos, which I think are guaranteed to be stolen content, but they also try to drive you to random websites that basically have a similar nonsense article, and maybe those ones also have ads or affiliate links or something. The goal is to direct you elsewhere, because they can’t actually monetize a free WordPress blog.
But I guess the goal is just to create so many free WordPress blogs with these AI generated articles that they manage to score some SEO ranking on Google or something. Seems they have nothing to lose. Every second, a new household signs post is born.
Anyways, I was just scrolling through so much of this nonsense I figured I’d just write about it and inform you all about it, if you weren’t aware already. As I mentioned, it seems the topic changes every few weeks. So now it’s household signs, but in a few weeks it might change to something else.
I vaguely remember that it was something to do with games a few weeks ago. Honestly the only fun part of all this is seeing what topic they’ll all pick up next, haha.
And that’s it for this post.
Hopefully these bots don’t adapt anymore than they already have.
Until next time,
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