Google Sends Hundreds Of Thousands Of Webmaster Notifications Each Month & 90% Are Black Hat Related

Google-Webmaster-toolsGoogle’s Matt Cutts shared some new statistics in a recent video about the types of notifications Google sends out via Google Webmaster Tools.

Google sends approximately “hundreds of thousands” of messages each month to webmasters. The categories of those messages break down as follows:

  • 90% of those messages are black hat related
  • 4% are notifications of content that have little or no value add
  • 3% are hacking notifications
  • 2% are about link buying
  • 1% are about link selling

Here is the video:

The last time we had an update on the number or categories of types of notifications was a few months ago and in terms of the amount of notifications was in March 2012.

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  • joe

    yes, its true

  • jegojocruz

    I didn’t receive one. :)

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  • Jawad Latif

    In my 5 years career, I never receive anyone of them.

  • Jubert Sagun

    I have never received any emails regarding webmaster notification and I’m doing my business for 4 years now…

  • Laura Wolf

    Very interesting, I get crawl error messages but never one of these. I thought Google was now clever enough to ignore automated and black hat methods.

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  • Zeeshan Ranjha

    I also have not received any emails.

  • Gregory Smith

    Everyone doesn’t receive them lol

  • Chris Rempel

    “And since we automatically send messes… er… messages…” Freudian slip, Matt?

  • Enrique

    I will get a notification whenever i get more 404 urls errors

  • Built Web Design

    Hmmm, Google giving someone a heads up in advance? There’s a new concept!

  • Jawad Latif

    I mean to say, I never did something which can be declared as Black Hat technique.

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