9 Million Google Web Spam Messages Sent in 2016

More than 9 million Google web spam messages were sent out during 2016, but the search engine states it received far less user-generated spam reports…

Over 9 million Google web spam messages went out last year, according to the latest annual web spam report. That figure is more than double the Google web spam messages the search giant sent during 2015, which came to 4.3 million.

9 Million Google Web Spam Messages Sent during 2016

In its official Google Web Spam Report for 2016, the company states it does, “…a lot behind the scenes to make sure that users can make full use of what today’s web has to offer, bringing relevant results to everyone around the globe, while fighting webspam that could potentially harm or simply annoy users.”

The report reveals the number of hacked sites continue to rise, increasing 32 percent from 2015 to 2016. But, the previous period from 2014 to 2015, that figure reached 180 percent. 

Google states it also continued to take action by refining its algorithms, including the introduction and improvement of Penguin. That signal devalues links but does not demote sites on the SERP or search engine results page.

Google took structured data manual actions on over 10,000 last year. And, the company received 180,000 user-generated spam reports globally, which is less than the 400,000 it handled in 2015. Of the 180,000 user-generated reports, 52 percent became categorized as spam.

Additionally, the company, “…continued to provide support to website owners around the world through our Webmaster Help Forums in 15 languages. Through these forums we saw over 67,000 questions, with a majority of them being identified as having a Best Response by our community of Top contributors, Rising Stars and Googlers.”

Read the full 2016 Google Webspam Annual Report here.

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Owen E. Richason IV

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