Penguin Update Peck Your Site By Mistake? Google’s Got A Form For That

Was your site hit by Google’s new Penguin Update that targets spam? Are you not guilty as charged? Google’s got a new feedback form for that, as well as a method to report spam that should have been caught.

I’m Innocent!

The head of Google’s web spam team, Matt Cutts, shared the information on Twitter today. The first form is for those who believe they were targeted by mistake. It says:

If your site was affected by the “Penguin” webspam algorithm update on April 24th, 2012, and you don’t think it should have been affected, please give us more details below.

It then asks for the URL of your page, an example of a search that you’d expect it to show up for but which instead lists “non-ideal results” and any additional comments.

They’re Guilty!

The second form is Google’s standard spam reporting page. If you’re seeing spam that you think the Penguin Update should have caught, Google says to use that form, bypass options like reporting paid links and use the “Report webspam” button.

Selecting that brings up a form where you can enter the URL of the spammy page, the exact query it shows up for and any additional details. It’s important to use the word “penguin” as part of the details field.

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  • http://www.mbloggers.com/ shivam

    After panda, its penguin……………..but i don’t think it will have much effect on my new website……

  • http://blog.chapagain.com.np/ Mukesh

    My Blog has been slammed hard by Google recently. And the scrappers (those copying contents from my site) are getting on top of me in Google search result. I have notified Google through DMCA form that they provide. http://support.google.com/bin/static.py?hl=en&ts=1114905&page=ts.cs

    And Google doesn’t remove those indexed sites from its Cache. So, I have also requested cache removal of those sites links ONE BY ONE through this page:- https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals?pli=1

    It’s really a hectic work. Still there are other similar sites/scrappers. And, in future there might be more.

    How long shall I be doing this? For my lifetime?? Nowadays, instead of writing new posts on my blog, I have been working hard on removing the scrappers link from Google Search. :(

    Isn’t it a simple logic to know that the old indexed sites are original and the newly indexed sites by Google which has the same/copied content are scrappers?? Then, why is Google acting the Opposite. Seems there is some fault in Google’s Algorithm. It is acting as if the old indexed sites are Scrappers.

    I am really disappointed !!

  • williamsam

    yeah Penguin update hit many of bloggers specially spammers who did black hat seo to stay on top in SERPs and also poor content as well :) 

  • ngphuc2k

    google oriented content is a good algorithmluyen thi dai hoc

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