Seo: Spamming

  • Google News spammed with drug spam, dating sites & more

    … If you go to Google News and scroll down to the health section or click on the health section to load more health news, you may be presented with a ton of spam. It looks like Google News was injected with a ton of hacked content for pharmaceutical spam, as well as unrelated dating site spam. Here is a screen shot of some of the articles…

    Barry Schwartz/ Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 15 readers -
  • Is Google really keeping fake listings off Google Maps?

    … a copy of the business website and put a booking/ordering link on it, then charge the business owner for all orders placed via their system. They then take ownership of the listing via Google My Business, and the business owner is stuck paying for transactions from any customer finding their local listing on Google. To make matters worse, they refuse…

    Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 19 readers -
  • Why Google shutting down Map Maker should terrify SMBs

    …? My current advice to SMBs is to keep a close eye on their Google listing to make sure no one is trying to sabotage it. Some opinions expressed in this article may be those of a guest author and not necessarily Search Engine Land. Staff authors are listed here. About The Author Joy Hawkins is a Local SEO expert who is a part of Google's Top…

    Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 20 readers -
  • How to avoid an outbound link penalty from Google

    Most of us are aware of link penalties that occur if you have low-quality or spam links pointing to your site. But did you know you can also be penalized by Google for how you link to other websites from your site? Yup, you sure can. It’s called an “unnatural outbound links” penalty, and similar to the inbound link penalty, it can be applied partially or sitewide.

    Search Engine Land- 28 readers -
  • Hermit Crab SEO

    You may remember the hermit crab as the animal that uses the shells of other animals for its own survival. Because hermit crabs require larger and larger shells as they grow, they compete with other hermit crabs for discarded shells. This is what I see happening in search results lately in my own niche.

    Bryson Meunier/ Search Engine Land- 13 readers -
  • SEO is as dirty as ever

    … As much as the SEO industry wants to grow up and shed the shady reputation it had in the past, it seems many don’t want to change and still cast a shadow over the industry. For every company doing things right, it seems there are many more who have not updated their practices or still want to take shortcuts. I know it’s not October…

    Search Engine Landin SEO- 35 readers -
  • Got spam? Google My Business doesn’t care.

    … is a Local SEO expert who is a part of Google's Top Contributor program & MapMaker Regional Leads program. She regularly contributes to many online communities in the Local SEO world, including the Google My Business forum (Top Contributor), the Local Search Forum (Top Contributor), and the Local University Forum (Moderator). She also a contributor…

    Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 19 readers -
  • Google penalizes mobile sites using sneaky redirects

    … In October 2015, Google warned webmasters not to trick mobile users by redirecting them to an unsuspecting web site. Well, today, Google announced on Google+ and Twitter that they have been “taking action on sites that sneakily redirect mobile users to spammy domains.” Google wrote, “As mentioned in Webspam Report 2015, spam reports from users…

    Barry Schwartz/ Search Engine Landin SEO- 20 readers -
  • 10 tips for avoiding shady SEO providers

    … (They had never asked for access to WordPress, which is a bad sign all on its own). The requested title tag was nearly 30 words long, and they had at least 35 cities listed in the META KEYWORDS. They had also requested that all but the first sentence of the home page be hidden behind a “read more” link. If you’re reading Search Engine Land, then you’ve…

    Greg Gifford/ Search Engine Landin SEO- 36 readers -
  • Dear SEOs: Please stop spamming Google Maps!

    … Mississauga because of all the fake listings that SEO companies had created. These fake listings had their business name set up with a bunch of keywords as the title. Yes, unfortunately, this strategy works. Here is a screen shot that shows how the local results looked before I started reporting all the listings: Here is a screen shot of how…

    Search Engine Landin SEO Google- 15 readers -
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