Web Spam

In computing, spamdexing (also known as search engine spam, search engine poisoning, Black-Hat SEO, search spam or web spam) is the deliberate manipulation of search engine indexes. It involves a number of methods, such as repeating unrelated phrases, to manipulate the relevance or prominence of resources indexed in a manner inconsistent with the purpose of the indexing system.It could be considered to be a part of search engine optimization, though there are many search engine optimization methods that improve the quality and appearance of the content of web sites and serve content useful to many users. Search engines use a variety of algorithms to determine relevancy ranking.
Posts about Web Spam
  • How Google May Respond to Reverse Engineering of Spam Detection

    … to manipulate search results by spaming pages, and Google may delay responding to someone’s manipulative actions to make them think that whatever actions they were taking didn’t have an impact upon search results. That patent focused upon organic search results, and Google’s Head of Web Spam Matt Cutts responded to my post with a video in which he…

    Bill Slawski/ SEO by the Sea- 19 readers -
  • Google Maps Using Photos to Identify Spam?

    … A couple of interesting patent applications surfaced at Google recently, involving the use of photography in Local Search, to identify whether or not businesses actually exist, or might be closed, or might be Web Spam. Google Street View Car in Bristol, Byrion Smith, Some rights reserved The first of these looks at Street Views images…

    Bill Slawski/ SEO by the Seain Google- 22 readers -
  • How Google might fight Web Spam in Social Networks

    … For as long as SEOs have known, Google has had one person in charge of leading their fight against Webspam. His name was Matt Cutts, and his position had evolved over the years into that of being a mouthpiece for Google, speaking on actions that Google might take to fight web spam, and low quality … Continue reading How Google might fight Web Spam in Social Networks → The post How Google might fight Web Spam in Social Networks appeared first on SEO by the Sea. …

    Bill Slawski/ SEO by the Seain Social SEO Google How To's- 9 readers -
  • How To Escape the Google Penalty Box

    If you’re new to the Raven blog, then you may be new to our online training classes also. I’ve conducted two so far (you can find them here and here) and have been amazed at not only how many people stay for the Q&A, but also the questions people ask through our Help Desk following these classes.

    Nicolette Beard/ Raven Blog- 28 readers -
  • Are Scholarship Links Considered Unnatural by Google?

    … suggested that a strategy that could be good for us in removing our manual penalty would be to file for reconsideration first without trying to remove the scholarship links and how the Web spam team responds. This is exactly what we did. We did not remove the scholarship links, but instead focused on the obviously low-quality links. Not only did we…

    Marie Haynes/ Search Engine Watchin Google- 11 readers -
  • Your Guide to 301 Redirects for SEO

    … test your redirect by simple visiting your old URL; if you’re immediately taken to the new URL, it’s working. The 301 Redirect and Inbound Links You might have heard that using a 301 redirect can lead to losing 15 percent of your "link juice." Many sites quote Matt Cutts, Google’s head of Web spam, as having made that statement. To the contrary, Cutts…

    Jayson Demers/ Search Engine Watchin SEO Google- 13 readers -
  • Google Turns to Deep Learning Classification to Fight Web Spam

    … earlier this year, as described in More on DeepMind: AI Startup to Work Directly With Google’s Search Team Web Spam Classification Patent This patent describes methods that include: Receiving an input comprising a plurality of features of a resource, wherein each feature is a value of a respective attribute of the resource Processing each…

    Bill Slawski/ SEO by the Seain Google- 14 readers -
  • When To Optimize Alt and Title Text for Images

    … Cutts, Google’s head of Web spam. Notice that he does say “alt tag” and calls it alternative text that helps describe the scene found in the image. Your text should describe what the image is about and be limited to 10 words or less. This text does not have to be a sentence but more a descriptive, keyword-rich phrase. If the image doesn’t fit…

    Nicolette Beard/ Raven Blogin Social SEO Google- 3 readers -
  • Google Patent Attacks Reverse Engineering of Local Search Listings

    … listings to disappear completely from Google Maps results. The category Google seems to have placed such listings under is “Fake Business Spam.” Google has filed and been granted a number of patents in a category I’ve called Web Spam. I like finding those, reading about them, and making sure that they don’t inadvertently target sites…

    Bill Slawski/ SEO by the Seain Google- 15 readers -
  • Google’s Paid Link Patent

    … based on node independence Invented by Paul Haahr, Martin Kaszkiel, Amit Singhal Assigned to Google Inc. US Patent 8,719,276 Granted May 6, 2014 Filed January 4, 2011 A system includes a ranking component that ranks nodes, such as web sites, to obtain ranking values that define a quality judgment of the nodes. The ranking values are based on links…

    Bill Slawski/ SEO by the Sea- 12 readers -
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