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Google Calls for Link Spam Reports

In Matt Cutts latest blog post, he calls for users to report any sites they deem ‘spammy’. On the report form, this includes anything that is considered:

  • Hidden text or links
  • Misleading or repeated words

Matt says that Google have been working on new algorithms to detect link spam, and it seems that through this manual reporting process, Google users will be helping to ‘train’ the system to be more effective.

It doesn’t say yet what action will be taken upon finding such a page, and whether Google will allow webmasters to make amends or defend themselves.  So look out for tales of woe from people removed from Google’s index for spurious reasons.