Webmaster Guidelines

    • Protect your site from user generated spam

      As a website owner, you might have come across some auto-generated content in comments sections or forum threads. When such content is created on your pages, not only does it disrupt those visiting your site, but it also shows some content that you may not want to be associated with your site to Google and other search engines.

      Google Webmaster Central Blogin SEO- 16 readers -
  • A reminder about widget links

    …. However, some widgets add links to a site that a webmaster did not editorially place and contain anchor text that the webmaster does not control. Because these links are not naturally placed, they're considered a violation of Google Webmaster Guidelines. Below you can find the examples of widgets which contain links that violate Google Webmaster…

    Google Webmaster Central Blog- 11 readers -
  • An update on how we tackle hacked spam

    … and inject pages with malicious content in an attempt to gain rank and traffic in search engines. We are aggressively targeting hacked spam in order to protect users and webmasters. The algorithmic changes will eventually impact roughly 5% of queries, depending on the language. As we roll out the new algorithms, users might notice…

    Google Webmaster Central Blogin How To's- 17 readers -
  • First Click Free update

    … Around ten years ago when we introduced a policy called “First Click Free,” it was hard to imagine that the always-on, multi-screen, multiple device world we now live in would change content consumption so much and so fast. The spirit of the First Click Free effort was - and still is - to help users get access to high quality news with a minimum…

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  • Helping hacked sites with reconsideration requests

    … Thus far in 2015 we have seen a 180% increase in the number of sites getting hacked and a 300% increase in hacked site reconsideration requests. While we are working hard to help webmasters prevent hacks in the first place through efforts such as blog posts and #NoHacked campaigns, we recognize that our reconsideration process is an important…

    Google Webmaster Central Blog- 12 readers -
  • Repeated violations of Webmaster Guidelines

    … In order to protect the quality of our search results, we take automated and manual actions against sites that violate our Webmaster Guidelines. When your site has a manual action taken, you can confirm in the [Manual Actions] page in Search Console which part of your site the action was taken and why. After fixing the site, you can send…

    Google Webmaster Central Blogin SEO- 7 readers -
  • Google's handling of new top level domains

    … in the URL, when using non-ASCII characters. Q: Will a .BRAND TLD be given any more or less weight than a .com? A: No. Those TLDs will be treated the same as a other gTLDs. They will require the same geotargeting settings and configuration, and they won’t have more weight or influence in the way we crawl, index, or rank URLs. Q: How are the new…

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  • Webmaster Guidelines for sneaky redirects updated

    … quality guidelines strictly forbid these kinds of redirects. For example, desktop users might receive a normal page, while hackers might redirect all mobile users to a completely different spam domain. To help webmasters better recognize problematic redirects, we have updated our quality guidelines for sneaky redirects with examples…

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