WATCH: Google Now Shows Live Examples Of Spam Removed From Its Search Results

google-web-spamIn Google’s new How Search Works, Google is showing real live examples of spam that was recently removed from their search index.

Most of these examples are of pure spam, as Search Engine Land founding editor Danny Sullivan explained in his write up, Google Charts “Manual Actions” Against Spam In Search For First Time. Most of the examples are spam removed from the index within the past hour or so.

You can see them live over here, but note some of the examples given can be offensive. Google warns users, “these screenshots are generated automatically and are not manually filtered. While uncommon, you may see offensive, sexually explicit, or violent content.”

Google told us that these examples are of pure spam pages that “appear to use aggressive spam techniques such as automatically generated gibberish, cloaking and scraping content from other websites” and were recently removed from their index.

Here are some examples:

Google Phone Spam


Google Pay Day Loan Spam


Google Drug Spam


Google Watch Spam


Cat In the Hat Spam


To see more, see the Google fighting spam page.

By the way, at our SMX West search marketing show later this month in San Jose, there’s a special session all about search spam, featuring Google’s Matt Cutts and Bing’s Duane Forrester:

The Search Police: Matt & Duane’s Excellent Search Engine Adventure

You name it; Google’s Matt Cutts and Bing’s Duane Forrester have seen it all when it comes to trying to bend, break or shatter search engine rules. In this session, both will share examples of what not to do and why, ranging from accidental mistakes to horrifying spam, as well as general tips directly from the search engines on how to succeed with them.

It’s one of over 50 sessions planned. Check out the entire agenda and registration page.

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  • Durant Imboden

    That’s a pretty cool feature. On the other hand, it may create another spam venue, since the removed listings are more visible on the “spam examples” pages than in the actual SERPs.

  • Scott Milsom

    Most of these examples are blatant spam sites that are automatically scraping content from the web. However, a few look like legitimate retailers who have just copied product descriptions from their suppliers (or other websites!) This shows how important it is to create unique product descriptions for each product.

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