Violations & search engine spam penalties


So far, we’ve mentioned the positive signals that frame the tabular array Of SEO Success Factors. But there are some negative factors to avoid.

A word of reassurance: only a few those that believe they’ve spammed a research engine has really done, therefore. It’s arduous to accidentally spam and search engines scrutinize a spread of signals before deciding if somebody deserves a harsh penalty.
That said, let’s talk about things not to do!

‘Thin’ or ‘shallow’ content

Responding to a drumbeat of complaints concerning poor search results, Google rolled out its “Panda” update in February 2011. Panda targets what are delineated as “thin” or “shallow” content or content that’s lacking in substance.

This domain-level penalty targets sites with a predominant amount of so-so content and essentially treats it similarly to the way it treats overt spam techniques.

Today, it’s now not an issue of whether or not the content is solely relevant, but also whether it is valuable to the user.


Let’s talk sophisticated hiding. How about rigging your site so that search engines are shown a completely different version from the one humans sees?

That’s called cloaking. Search engines really don’t like it. It’s one of the worst things you could do. Heck, Google’s even banned itself for cloaking. Seriously.

While the majority are unlikely to accidentally spam a research engine, the opposite is true when it comes to cloaking. That’s why there’s such an important penalty if you’re caught doing it. It’s a bait-and-switch, and it’s seen as a deliberate conceive to manipulate search results.

Keyword stuffing

It’s one among the oldest spam ways on the books, nevertheless, it’s still getting used, and the search engines still don’t like it. Search engines notify use words you wish to be found for on your pages. OK, I’ll give them those words over and over again! How about 100 times. In a row? That work for you, Google?

Actually, no, it doesn’t. That’s “keyword stuffing,” and it could get you penalized.

How often is too often? There’s no correct answer here, but you’d really have to go to extremes to cause this penalty to kick in. It’s most likely to happen to non-SEOs who just don’t know better and might decide to paste a word many times in a row, typically at the bottom of a web page.

Hidden text

Once you opt to keyword stuff, your next thought will probably be “Why don’t I hide all this text that no human wants to see?” you may create the text white, therefore it blends with a page’s background. In doing, therefore, you will have spammed a search engine.

Search engines don’t like anything hidden. They want to see everything that a user sees. Don’t hide text, whether by using styles, fonts, display: none or any other means that so a typical user can’t see it.
Vd: Piracy/DMCA takedowns

The “Pirate” update targeted sites infringing on copyright law. Under pressure from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Hollywood powerhouses and governments, Google began to penalize sites that received a large number of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) “takedown” requests.

It’s unlikely that most sites will have to deal with these issues, but you should handle any DMCA takedown notifications that show up in your Google Search Console account.

Ads/Top Heavy layout

Have you ever been on a site and found it hard to find the actual content amid a slew of ads? Where’s the beef!

That’s what the Page Layout algorithmic program was meant to deal with. Often named as highly significant, this penalty is reserved for sites that frustrate the user expertise by inserting AN overabundance of ads before content. So don’t create your users explore for the content.

Paid links

Speaking of Google forbiddance itself, it also banned Google Japan when that division was found to be buying links. For 11 months.
That’s longer than J.C. Penney was penalized (three months) in 2011. But J.C. Penney suffered another penalty once having its paid link purchase splashed across an enormous big apple Times article. So did several large online florists. And stock got beat via a Wall Street Journal article.

The debate over whether or not Google ought to act therefore sharply against those that purchase and sell links has gone on for years. The bottom line is that to rank on Google, you have to follow Google’s rules — and the rules say no buying or selling links in a way that passes on search engine ranking credit.

If you select to ignore Google’s rules, be prepared for little mercy if caught. And don’t believe programs that tell you their paid links are undetectable. They’re not, especially when so many of the cold-call ones are run by idiots.

As for Bing, officially, it doesn’t penalize for paid links, but it frowns on the practice.

Link spam

Tempted to cavort and drop links on forums and blogs, all with highly optimized anchor text (like “Louis Vuitton handbags 2013”), with the help of automated software?

You’re additionally not doing SEO, though sadly, all the people who hate the spam you leave behind get the impression that’s what SEO is about. So SEOs hate you too – with a passion.

If you are doing move with it, most of the links won’t give you the credit you were thinking they would. On high of that, you can find yourself on the sharp end of a penalty.

This penalty has been given a lot of weight during this version of the table supported the efforts Google has created in neutralizing and penalizing link spam and, in particular, the launch of the “Penguin” update.

If you’ve been caught dabbling on the dark side, or if a fly-by-night “SEO” company got your site in hot water, you can disavow those links on both Google and Bing in hopes of redemption and a clean begin.