Spamming

Google: Spam Less Than 1% Of Maps Content

On February 20, Google posted hot it is continuing to build up Maps with community content. According to the company, the myriad contributions made its over 120 million Local Guides. Google also spoke up about spam, which the company said is representing less than 1% of the 20 million daily contributions it receives on Maps. …

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Twitter Fights Spammers by Limiting the Number of Accounts Users Can Follow Per Day

Twitter, in an effort to fight spammers, is reducing the amount of accounts users are able to follow everyday. The original limit was 1,000 account follow per day, but from this point onward, the limit has been reduced to 400 a day. Going from 1,000 follows to just 400 is quite a drop, but even …

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Nofollow Couldn’t Save The Google Webmaster Blog From Comment Spam

In an announcement, Google has removed the ability to leave comments on Google Webmaster blog.  The reasoning behind Google’s decision was “most of the time they were off-topic or even outright spammy.” The irony is strong here, as Google themselves has to worry about spammy comments on the Google Webmaster blog itself.  Most of the topics …

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Google Web Spam Report: Less Than 1% Of Sites That Are Visited From Search Results Are Spammy

On the morning of June 28, Google released its 2017 webspam report.  According to the metrics, there were improvements from last year’s report in several areas. As an example, Google said that less than 1 percent of searchers ended up visiting a spammy website from the Google search results.  It took just a couple of years to …

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How Independent Reviews Influence Google’s Trust In Your Brand

Recently, a post was written about the prevalence of fake reviews, by Kevin Lee of Search Engine Land, about how they are damaging consumer trust and why it is a bad move that will lead to permanent repercussions to attempt to use them yourself. The reason for this problem is that online reviews have such a …

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Law Firms Spamming Google My Business: Don’t Trust Your Money Or Your Life To Them!

There was a piece written last year by Joy Hawkins about SEO companies showing how much they were spamming Google Maps and giving the industry a bad name. Lately, it seems that this level of spam or worse is seen in the legal industry.  If you’re an attorney or a marketing agency working with attorneys, you should probably pay …

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Private Blog Networks: A Great Way To Get Your Site Penalized

Whether you’ve heard of private blog networks(PBNs) or not before, you may not be sure what they are or why they are used.  A PBN is a network of websites that is used to build links (and ultimately pass authority) to a single website for the purpose of manipulating search engine rankings.  This can be …

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Google News Spammed With Drug Spam, Dating Sites & More

There’s a good chance that, if you go to Google News, you’ll end up seeing a tone of spam if you scroll through the health section, or go to the health section.  It seems that Google news was injected with quite a lot of hacked content for both pharmaceutical spam.  There’s even unrelated dating sites spam …

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Google Warns Against Misusing Links In Syndication & Large-Scale Article Campaigns

On May 25th, Google released a warning for anybody who is distributing or  publishing content through syndication or other large-scale means – be careful with your links! On their post, Google is reminding those who are creating content published in multiple places that could end up violating Google’s rules against link schemes. In an article found …

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Google: We Sent 9M Web Spam Messages In 2016, More Than Double 2015 Total

Yesterday, Google released its annual web spam report, which documented some of the company’s spam fighting activity in 2016. Something that was interesting was that Google sent out over 9 million messages related to web spam in 2016.  When you compare it to the 2015 report, this number was over double the 4.3 million messages sent out. …

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