Spam Site: Guide for the Falsely Accused

by Gary on October 13, 2008 · 4 comments

in SEO Tips

A problem that we have touched on several times is the issue of being perceived by search engines as spammy. The good news though is that according to the top three search engines (Yahoo, MSN, and Google) the chance of being mistaken as a spam site is really low. Of course that doesn’t do the few sites that are mistakenly identified as such any good. What is good news to those that are viewed by Microsoft and Google as spammy is that you will actually be notified by these two search engines about the fact. Because of this you can immediately respond to these two. Unfortunately Yahoo does not give notice to sites just yet although they say they are working on it. If you do receive a notification from Microsoft and/or Google what you can do is to:

  • Check your site – You might have been hacked or they may be some elements that are really spammy.
  • Clean up your site – In case either of the two scenarios mentioned above apply to your site. If your site has been hacked read Hannah’s post on how to deal with a hacked site.
  • Notify the Proper Authorities – Make sure that by the time you write to tell them that your site is NOT a spam site that it isn’t because you do not want them to spend time manually reviewing your site and get negative results. You can notify Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo via Webmaster Central, Webmaster Tools, and Site Explorer Suggestions form respectively.

By the way, if you have a spam site do not be surprised if neither Google nor Microsoft bother to even send you a notification since they do not waste their time with sites that are so obviously spammy.

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Vaibhav October 19, 2008 at 12:28 am

I have a website development, designing, marketing and hosting company. We run our own websites + websites of our clients (Develop and maintain them).

I used to register all the domains for clients on my name (through my godaddy account).

Around a month back google banned ALL the sites which are registered on my name (no other reason) and on two of the servers we have.

Some of the sites were just designed and hosted by us, for others we did basic marketing like on page optimization and Directory submissions and we also hired some freelancers to do off page optimization for some of the sites. The only common thing was that the sites were registered in my name and they were across 2 servers we own.
Each and every site got banned (even the sites which were just designed by us and hosted by us which don’t have any links or optimization done what so ever).

All the sites lost exact 45 places in ranking, some were personal sites like and we did hosting and designing for them.

Over all around 300+ sites got banned, the sites did not lose their PR and did not get deindexed but they JUST lost rankings in google for almost all the keywords they used to rank for (lost exact 45 places in ranking).

I will be really great full if some one can tell me the reason for the site getting banned. This will be such a big favor to me if i can get to know the reason why it happened.

We need to know the reason to file re inclusion request, but does not seem to be any valid reason as some of the sites were very new only designed a few days back. Also should we file the re inclusion for all the sites ?

Armen Shirvanian November 10, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I have not noticed any large problems arising from the larger companies keeping a standard site reported as a spam site. They are able to label spam sites quite well, and standard sites that are mislabeled tend to be taken care of quickly through communication with the site owner.

Karl December 10, 2008 at 8:22 am

Being new to the web building scene, it’s hard for me to really draw a line between a spam site and an adsense site. SO many websites seem to be built with affiliate income first and content second. Maybe the secret really is having more original content than anything else.

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