Webmaster Guidelines

  • A reminder about widget links

    … Guidelines: Google's webspam team may take manual actions on unnatural links. When a manual action is taken, Google will notify the site owners through Search Console. If you receive such a warning for unnatural links to your site and you use links in widgets to promote your site, we recommend resolving these issues and requesting reconsideration…

    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

    … 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- 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

    …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- 2 readers -
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