All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Spam’

Viagra At The Top Of Matt Cutts’ Wish List

In July, Yahoo began letting users set up wish lists for user names they’d like to have. As you may know, the company is giving away email addresses and user IDs from inactive accounts to people that actually still use Yahoo. On Monday, the company announced that it has begun notifying users about the names they are getting. They also …

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If Google Has Accused Your Site Of ‘User-Generated Spam,’ You’ll Want To Watch This Video

Google pumped out a batch of new videos about webspam via its Webmaster Help YouTube channel. You can find others from the series here. We just looked at one about the “pure spam” manual action label. This one is about “user-generated spam”. User-generated spam could include forum spam, spammy user profiles, spammy blog comments, spammy guestbook comments, etc. “The good …

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Google’s Cutts Explains The ‘Pure Spam’ Manual Action Label

Google has put out a series of videos discussing various forms of webspam. You can see others from the series here. In this one, Google’s Matt Cutts explains the “Pure Spam” manual action label. This basically includes scraping, cloaking and automated black hat drivel. This kind of spam is the vast majority of the sites Google takes action on, Cutts …

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Google Warns Sites About Browser History Spam

Google took to its Webmaster Central blog on Friday to warn webmasters that if they engage in a particular type of deceptive behavior, it “may” take action on guilty sites. First off, I’m pretty sure that Google absolutely will take action on a site that it catches engaging in pretty much any kind of deceptive behavior that violates its quality …

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Google On Buying Spammy Domains: Don’t Be The Guy Left Holding The Bag

In the latest Webmaster Help video from Google, Matt Cutts takes on an interesting topic. Can you buy a domain that has been penalized by Google for spam, clean it up and recover rankings? Well, it depends, and Cutts explains why. “This is a tricky question because on the one hand there’s algorithmic spam, and then there’s manual spam, and …

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Facebook’s Paid Messages Test Continues to Expand

It appears that Facebook’s paid messaging test has crossed the pond, as users in the U.K. are reporting that they are being given the opportunity to pay upwards of £10 to send messages to some users’ inboxes. “The system of paying to message non-friends in their inbox is designed to prevent spam while acknowledging that sometimes you might want to …

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Virus Bulletin Backs Gmail Security Claims, Says Yahoo, Outlook.com Have Problems

Virus Bulletin has put out a report saying that its own data supports recent security claims made by Google about Gmail. Last week, Google put out a blog post claiming to have substantially reduced the amount of compromised accounts. The company said hit has reduced the number by 99.7% since 2011. Google security engineer Mike Hearn wrote: Every time you …

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Google Shares Stats About Its Spam Messages

Google has released a new Webmaster Help video. This time, Matt Cutts shares some statistics about the messages it sends webmasters. The video is a response to this user-submitted question: You’ve been sending us various kinds of messages via WMT to improve transparency. It’s a good move. How many types of messages do you send now? And how do you …

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Facebook ‘Gold’ Hoax Returns with the Added Bonus of a Privacy Scare

A new Facebook hoax that’s circulating around the network suggests that users need to upgrade to a “Gold” level membership status in order to avoid having their private info leaked for all to see. Hoax-Slayer first spotted the hoax. Here’s the message that some users are seeing: It’s official. Communication media. FACEBOOK has just published its price. fee of $? …

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Google Talks About Phone Number Spam Again

Nearly a year ago, Google’s Matt Cutts took to Google+ to discuss phone number spam. “I wanted to clarify a quick point: when people search for a phone number and land on a page like the one below, it’s not really useful and a bad user experience. Also, we do consider it to be keyword stuffing to put so many …

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Matt Cutts Talks Referer Spam In Latest Video

Google’s Matt Cutts is back online, and cranking out the Webmaster Help videos. He tweeted a link to the second of the latest series today, and this one is about referer spam coming from a YouTube video. The user-submitted question is: Why does a certain YouTube video appear to be visiting my blogspot blog? Take this video for example, it …

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Congrats Everyone, We’re Winning the Battle Against Spam

Have you noticed that you’ve been receiving less emails about cheap, offshore financial opportunities and penis pills? No, spammers haven’t just decided to leave you alone. What you’re seeing is the decline of spam emails in general, worldwide. Kaspersky Lab has a new chart detailing something that we should all be thrilled to see: we’re winning the fight against spam. …

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