| 12:22 am on Nov 2, 2002 (gmt 0)|
3) drink the coffe yourself and think about how to either beat them or grab the top spots on all those sweet moneymaking keyword combos around the main words.. ;)
| 12:29 am on Nov 2, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Having key / relevant word combinations is not the problem. I have those too. But they have now zillions of inbound links from this link farming, that gives them such high PR and link relevancy.
Perhaps I am too old school. I think link farms suck and the old motto "Live by Spam, die by Spam" does not show it's face enough now.
| 2:37 am on Nov 2, 2002 (gmt 0)|
To answer the thread question...
Yes. I did what GoogleGuy said, and a specific site disappeared from the rankings.
1) The spam was blatantly obvious
2) The specific site is part of a group of about 50 similar sites. I am guessing that reporting the specific search that showed the specific site made it a lot easier to deal with than the list of two dozen sites, with numerous different violations (covering themselves I guess, the family of sites sspams in different ways) I sent previously. Most of the family of sites are being penalized now, though occasionally I run across one that isn't.
Again, in the case I reported, the abuse was blatantly obvious (hidden text, hidden links, even hidden links to hidden pages), so I can't speak to reporting anything "questionable". When it was blatantly obvious rather than questionable, following Googleguy's advice, action was taken quickly.
| 9:19 am on Nov 2, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Maybe you got it done through this forum with GG directly?
Because I do not know what is more obvious or blatent then a link hidden by a a href=links ## /a, plus an e-mail sent by a widget sales company asking for links from a destination advice center.
I am amazed Google's algo did not pick up the hidden link. And amazed they have not acted. As I said, maybe I need to do the same thing myself. But I think that is a shame. Oh well.
| 11:14 am on Nov 2, 2002 (gmt 0)|
I have had success reporting spam to Google. I asked several other webmasters in the same area to report some sites that were using hidden text and they disappeared.
| 11:17 am on Nov 2, 2002 (gmt 0)|
No, I used the spam form. I did mention webmasterworld as GoogleGuy suggested.
| 12:05 pm on Nov 2, 2002 (gmt 0)|
I reported and got NO REPLY OR RESULT.
I emailed directly, used the spam form, commented about webmasterworld (just as steve b did and was suggested by Googleguy himself). I reported a company who has 3 or 4 domains with the same content, which I don't have any major problem with in theory BUT they are interlinked, al contain hidden text 1x1 pixel images (which have an href attribute).
These sites don't just have a little of each, but there is hidden text on almost every page...
I said it before and I'll say it again. I'm not so sure they actually get read, or at least not by anyone who has any control to actually ban / penilize sites.
Perhaps I'll use Matt_James's method, get a pile of webmasters to complain about it. Problem is, I'm kinda a "lone webmaster" and don't know scores of webmasters like all you might. I just design my own company pages in an attempt to stay on top, which is why I hate spammers who get betters results than I do by cheating.
[edited by: NFFC at 12:07 pm (utc) on Nov. 2, 2002]
| 1:06 pm on Nov 2, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Choose ONE of the sites. Show the exact search result where this site ranks well. (No point dealing with a site ranking #273.) Cut and paste the code. If it is hidden text show it. Mention webmasterworld and GoogleGuy.
Repeat if necessary.
| 1:13 pm on Nov 2, 2002 (gmt 0)|
I guess I should mention also that the offending family of spam sites had been complained about by a half dozen other webmasters for about a month (maybe six weeks). The one site I specifically singled out though using the GoogleGuy method was gone a few days after I submitted the report per his instructions, so I suspect that is what led to its demise, rather than all of the previous complaining from us seven webmasters.
If somebody is cheating the ranking they aren't just stealing from you, so I'd also suggest contacting other webmasters (with clean sites) and suggest they complain too because they are being stolen from also.
| 2:39 am on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)|
I had success getting rid of a spammer with 610 cloaked doorways. I repeated my spam reports once a week for a month and they caught up with him. I did mention GoogleGuy -Webmasterworld.
Now, I got a bead on a guy that has 920 cloaked redirects on my theme, and 3400 total pages targeting several different themes. His pages redirect through several urls and end up on an affiliate page for whatever company he is associated with on that theme. ie - weightloss, gambling, credit cards, etc. - the usual biggies.
I will keep reporting him until he is gone. The spam office is going to get tired of me! Haha
In my report, I write down everything I did to find him - to make it easier on them. I even cut and paste all the search urls.
Like someone above said, just be consistent in your reporting. Don't let up.
| 4:26 am on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Fill out the report form in its entirety exactly as requested---copy/paste the hidden text(or whatever) into the comment box and identify it as hidden text(or whatever)...and maybe you too will see near instant results as I did. Thanks Google Guy for a job well done! :)
| 7:52 am on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)|
In this update i see that for this specific keyword the website is no more in the result BUT for anothers kw is still present and well ranked :(
must i report all keyword? (crazy)
PS : sorry for my poor english :)