Author Topic: How to Help Google Fight Spam  (Read 6997 times)

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How to Help Google Fight Spam
« on: November 05, 2010, 07:00:59 PM »
From the Google Webmaster Blog.  Not that any of you would use this service but more interesting is to observe what Google is interested in.  Here's a few quotes:

(delinked to avoid referral) googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-help-google-identify-web-spam.html

Basically we only really care if it makes us look stupid to a lot of people:

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"Spam reports are prioritized by looking at how much visibility a potentially spammy site has in our search results, in order to help us focus on high-impact sites in a timely manner. For instance, we’re likely to prioritize the investigation of a site that regularly ranks on the first or second page over that of a site that only gets a few search impressions per month. A spam report for a page that is almost never seen by users is less likely to be reviewed compared to higher-impact pages or sites. "

Redirects, generally speaking, aren't an issue:

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The same applies to redirecting legitimate sites from one top level domain to another, e.g. example.de redirecting to example.com/de. As long as the content presented is not spammy, the technique of redirecting one domain to another does not automatically violate the Google Webmaster Guidelines.

Algo learning vs. immediate hand edit:

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We generally use spam reports to help improve our algorithms so that we can not only recognize and handle this particular site, but also cover any similar sites. In a few cases, we may additionally choose to immediately remove or otherwise take action on a site.

Mostly wanting notification of content issues that is slipping by the algo.  Paid link reporting (as if anyone can prove a link is paid) goes through another form.

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these would be good reasons to report a site through the spam report form:

    * the cached version contains significantly different (often keyword-rich) content from the live version
    * you’re redirected to a completely different domain with off-topic, commercial content
    * the site is filled with auto-generated or keyword-stuffed content that seems to make no sense


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Re: How to Help Google Fight Spam
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2010, 07:25:05 PM »
Here are the contractors G used for search quality rating

Bonus: you can work from home

http://www.lionbridge.com/lionbridge/en-US/company/web-site/internet-assessors.htm

http://www.leapforceathome.com/qrp/public/job/1

Lionbridge requires you to work 10-20 hours per week (min and max), but pays $14.50/hr.

Leapforce requires you to get 300 tasks per month and pays 13.50/hr.

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Re: How to Help Google Fight Spam
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010, 07:35:35 PM »
You wonder if the Chrome extension works to flag followed up by automated learning systems, they will start cutting back on human quality raters.