The automatic and manual measures that are in place to keep terms-of-use violations out of the community don't work, because people who want to do it simply use the means that are still available, but it is not an acceptable state, while there could be more means.
One of the necessary means would be that (understandably) often-asked-for selective blocking of followers, maybe connected with other means to have at least SOME consequences for behavior like that.
Here an exemplary case to clarify what I mean:
In case there are any legal concerns with extending measures like this officially, then it should be an elegant solution to actually give the blog owners themselves the ability to make that decision. That would be a pretty effective means of getting spammers and conmen out of the community. Why does Blogger allow this and WordPress not? Good question. Different approaches of course, but if I look at how much I am being urged by social media sites to link to all kinds of people, I guess for businesses like this it means more money to have users cross-linked in all directions. It bothers me. Blogger would be exemplary proof that it is possible to allow users that degree of control.
On a broader scale (but that's probably much less easy to fix) there's also the sad reality that your follower list can be pretty much useless, when it doesn't reflect people being interested in your blog activity. In some cases the majority of it can be simply other people wanting to advertise for their own blogs that way. Some of them might not be as shady as others, but the fact is that at least half of my followers so far are more or less dubious online marketers.
The blog I need help with is dowlphinblog.wordpress.com.