Webmaster Guidelines

  • Protect your site from user generated spam

    … post, we will give you tips to help you deal with this type of spam in your site and forum. Some spammers abuse sites owned by others by posting deceiving content and links, in an attempt to get more traffic to their sites. Here are a few examples: Comments and forum threads can be a really good source of information and an efficient way…

    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

    … Recently we have started rolling out a series of algorithmic changes that aim to tackle hacked spam in our search results. A huge amount of legitimate sites are hacked by spammers and used to engage in abusive behavior, such as malware download, promotion of traffic to low quality sites, porn, and marketing of counterfeit goods or illegal…

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

    … the FCF is important in helping achieve that goal, and we will periodically review and update these policies as needed so they continue to benefit users and publishers alike. We are listening and always welcome feedback. Questions and answers about First Click Free Q: Do the rest of the old guidelines still apply? A: Yes, please check…

    Google Webmaster Central Blog- 4 readers -
  • 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- 13 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- 8 readers -
  • Google's handling of new top level domains

    … With the coming of many new generic top level domains (gTLDs), we'd like to give some insight into how these are handled in Google's search. We’ve heard and seen questions and misconceptions about the way we treat new top level domains (TLDs), like .guru, .how, or any of the .BRAND gTLDs, for example: Q: How will new gTLDs affect search…

    Google Webmaster Central Blog- 8 readers -
  • Webmaster Guidelines for sneaky redirects updated

    …Webmaster Level: All Redirects are often used by webmasters to help forward visitors from one page to another. They are a normal part of how the web operates, and are very valuable when well used. However, some redirects are designed to manipulate or deceive search engines or to display different content to human users than to search engines. Our…

    Google Webmaster Central Blog- 4 readers -
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