crobb305 - 8:40 pm on Oct 16, 2012 (gmt 0)
I have an issue with the entire premise of "Sites suspiciously similar to ... example.com" Sure, it's finding most of my sites (perhaps all - you need to register to see for sure and I didn't). But there is nothing suspicious about it (no effort to conceal it) nor they are actually similar! What makes two sites similar if all they have in common is a small part of a Whois record? And there is A TON of false positives based on similarities of WHOIS protection service return emails.
In other words: well, OK, there's a way to find SOME relationships between given sites. But not all of them should have spam-related implications! If this is the sort of an approach Google Spam Team is using, it's outrageously irresponsible in general, and even on the practical level I imagine the false positives create a lot of useless extra work.
Exactly. Overlapping Whois? It's a coincidental similarity at best, certainly not suspicious. This is something I'd expect from a college computer science capstone project. It has no "spam" implications whatsoever, and surely the experienced staff at Google know better. As for similar Adsense codes, they already know who those webmasters are.
Every business using the same UPS Store location is shown as "suspiciously similar". Ridiculous.