Google Webmaster Notifications Now To Show Example URLs

google-webmaster-tools-video-1330350240Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced at SMX Advanced that starting in the next day or so, Google Webmaster Tools notifications will now include example URLs of problem areas.

For example, if you receive a manual penalty for unnatural links, Google will provide a few sample URLS. If you have other manual penalties, Google will show examples of where the penalties are or derived from.

Google has been testing this for some time now, and Matt Cutts said we should expect this coming within months.

Starting in the next day or so, future Webmaster Tools notifications will contain examples URLs.

Update: Here is a video from Matt Cutts on this news:

For more of our coverage on Matt’s talk at SMX Advanced see Google’s Cutts Talks Structured Data Beta, Mobile Site Speed Need, Penalty Notices To Get Example Links & More.

Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Google: SEO | Google: Webmaster Central


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  • Jon

    If we pooled our example URLs we could reverse engineer this thing. Just sayin’.

  • Christoph C. Cemper


    I saw this coming and we have this feature ready for launch in our product already watchout for the new release in the next days to cover this crowd sourcing idea (and a lot more)


  • Robin331

    i just checked what the crappy urls indexing google. in my backlinks some cloaked site links (some site which display promo offer, but google looks like see articles or some links to my site with anchors like ‘this not same’, ‘girl go to toilet’ and similar), lot of search engine results, askhives which autogenerate content, whois, etc.
    It even unable to index sites (and recognize bad sites/cloakers/negative seo) in normal way. It where from all this penguins and pandas. Every site will have such BAD backlinks after some time.

  • Rajeev Kumar

    Nice and appreciable steps from Google, Thanks :)

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