I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the "Report Spam" feature in Yahoo Site Explorer. I'm not sure when this feature was released, but I see that it is still in Beta.
When I check my backlinks using YSE, I obviously have a lot of spammy sites from ridiculous domains such as www.cemgor.info that I'm sure populate many people's YSE backlinks.
It seems obvious that I should click the "Report Spam" link next to each of these absurd scraper sites listed, but I am a little worried for one (perhaps stupid) reason. If I go through and report 200 spam sites that give me backlinks, do you think Yahoo will hold this against me in any way that I am associated with so many of them? Even though I can't control these inbound links, I just have this suspicion that I don't want to draw any more attention to the fact that so many of them are linking to my site.
Does this make sense at all? Or am I just being paranoid?
I only report porn, casino and pharm sites. The rest I haven't bothered with. To be honest the backlinks are still there. I think Beta in this case means they are collecting data for future use(my opinion only). If you have lots of spare time go ahead and report the unwanted links otherwise I would not be concerned. Dan
"Same here, it amazes me how quickly these things link to new sites we put up. Anybody have any idea why they bother? I just donít see how doing this helps them."
It seems like they come from automated programs, designed to create pages upon pages of albeit stolen content with the goal of actually ranking for certain terms without having to put in any real work on developing a site. That's just my opinion though. I really find it hard to believe that an actual human created this spammy sites with these ridiculous URLs.