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Crowdsourcing: Googler’s Examples of Bad Links

Bad Links

Google’s webspam team consists of people who look at spammy links on a daily basis and can recognise bad links quickly. These people also help webmasters recover from penalties by guiding them through the reconsideration process. Part of the process often includes examples of remaining bad links and this is what we’re interested in.

Currently each webmaster who has been through the re-inclusion process knows of their own set of examples of bad links singled out by Googlers but as a collective we don’t have a bigger picture. We’re hoping to learn more about the types of links and domains used as examples in order to learn more, educate others and stay safe in the future.

How you can help

We’re inviting webmasters to submit any URLs which were given as examples of pages containing poor links.

Submit up to ten links which were specified as being problematic by a member of Google’s webspam team. This may have been during your reconsideration process, email, Google forums or otherwise. We’ll try to use this information to provide examples and educate webmasters further about the types of links which tend to cause trouble.

If you need to submit more than ten links you will have to make multiple form submissions.

Dan Petrovic, the managing director of DEJAN, is Australia’s best-known name in the field of search engine optimisation. Dan is a web author, innovator and a highly regarded search industry event speaker.

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