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I really feel like I am wasting my time
don't bother with it. it's done on a freely basis, like submitting links, so i think it will be only taken for an upcoming index they'll use for ranking calculations. but for this they'll need a lot of spam urls.
our maybe a new beta: spam.google.com - the whole world of spam sites :) .
After all - if they don't remove the other 'spam' from their index, what's to say they'll remove yours even after people complain about you?
Stick around here for a while, read up on some stuff, and then give it a shot :) Perhaps, though - you'd be better off buying a new domain to start with, and registering it to your dog or cat.
Then, get some software that will auto generate a few thousand pages around your core keyword set, and look for that 1 in bound link that will get it ranked.
After that, you won't be complaining about spam you'll be singing Google's praises. :) Wouldn't that be a much more comfortable position to be in?
You probably are, Dr Greenthumb.
But first of all: welcome to the board!
Of the four things you mention three are often quite legitimate, some of the largest sites apply those techniques. Mind you, even Google cloakes!
Apart from that: building your optimization on spam reporting is not a winning strategy. Fighting other sites by reporting them is in case you're up against large sites a loss of time.
To make your own site better is by far the better strategy. That way it doesn't matter much what the competition does: you are ahead of the game!
also heini thanks for the welcome :) and my optimization strategy doesnt simply rely on the spam reports. its just frustrating when im ranked #8 and 5 of the 7 ahead of me are exactly the same page wit ha different logo
Here are some tips:
Mention that you are from WebmasterWorld and that GoogleGuy said to mention it when you reported a site.
Tell exactly how the site is spamming. For example, if the site is using CSS to hide text, include a description and a snippet of the HTML tag that begins the hidden text, and include the relevant CSS snippet.
Hope this helps,
This leads me to believe that I completely wasted my time and effort, which I cannot afford to do again. Also, My client is now insisting that I replicate the spamming methods used by his competitor to compete fairly in their market place! How can I argue with him given the facts? As it happens I won't get involved in spamming for personal reasons but I canít blame him for going to another SEO who is more than willing to do whatever is necessary to rate highly in Google.
I note that you KEEP telling people to report spam as you take it seriously. However, if you were to investigate the problem fully I think you might find that the problem isnít being dealt with in the way that you would wish?