Google Penguin Update: Google Gives You A Place To Complain

    April 27, 2012
    Chris Crum
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Google’s Matt Cutts tweeted that Google has a form webmasters can fill out if they think they’ve been wrongly hit by Google’s Penguin update (also known as the Webspam Update).

If you know a site affected by algo update that you don’t think should be affected, we made a form to provide feedback: http://t.co/eE7TTWBz 13 hours ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The link takes you to a page that looks like this:

Penguin Feedback Form

It’s interesting that Google is giving users a form this time. With the Panda complaints, Google was trying to have them all directed to a particular thread in its Webmaster forums, though the thread eventually got broken up.

On the form, you’ll notice that Google tells you to go to a different page to submit a spam report, and to use the word “Penguin”.

@mattcutts Totally forgot to add the word penguin in the spam report, still going to get any attention? 13 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@DanielDeceuster might want to submit again and include penguin just to be safe. 13 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@mattcutts Thank you! We were seeing some major effects and wanted a good way to report some poor quality sites coming up in search. 13 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@ScottJConlon we’re definitely interested and we’ll be reading the feedback from the forms. 8 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Keep in mind when doing your reporting on either side of the equation, that the Penguin update is specifically aimed at sites that are violating Google’s quality guidelines. Here, you can read about what those are exactly.

More Penguin Update coverage here.

  • http://www.LAokay.com Steve G

    What would be nice is a link on every search result page in which you can report if the search results are good or bad. I’m sure if Google did that they would get millions of people reporting all the good and bad search results they find. I would also like to see a button on top that let’s users look at the same results pre-panda and then tell Google if the results are better or worse than what they are currently because most of my searches provided good results pre-panda and with each update of Panda it’s gotten a little worse.

  • http://www.longliveinternet.com Min Min

    What Steve G said was what I wanted to say to Google. Add a report button.

  • Bob

    Matt is taking notes while watching cop show re-runs.
    “Everything you say can + will be used against you.”

  • http://www.moviewatchsite.com Alex Rabe

    I have a question,that can anybody report for penguin. In this way a competitor can send this report on various places.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405972117 Agnieszka

    In addition, the May Day uptade has meant that Google is now showing more results that are synonymous to the keyphrase that searchers are searching for; as much as 70% ! In other words, 70% of the results that Google is now showing on their first page are for related keyphrases to what the searcher is typing in. This means that because of the uptade, some sites are no longer ranking for those longtail phrases. The way to capitalise on this is to ensure your site has a good silo structure based on clear categories or themes that Google can identify with and send you traffic for their related terms.