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There is one site I see come up fairly often in my niche. I was actually searching for info the other day, and there it was again, about #4.
I reported it this time.
The content is nonsensical phrases pieced together from other people's content, with the sole purpose of serving up some ads.
The content was something like, "Widget software produce elegant peasants found only in the Himilayas now raised in the US part of a vibrant industry of close knit community poised for significant growth."
The stolen text is so cut up that one would be hard pressed to file a DMCA complaint. It does make for some fun reading sometimes. (Kind of like the Friday word game.) It is aggravating though when I see some of my own words butchered into 3 or 4 word snippets and pasted back together as pur trash.
Google handles spam reports with a one week delay but it looks like their system is not organized at all. Is it worth it to use work hours on a doorway page that ranks #10 out of 100 results and gets 5 visitors per day when there's a spam page #1 out of 10 million and gets 2000 visitors per day?
Matt Cutts is only interested if some sites have two lines of hidden text without ever checking where that site ranks in Google or is the so-called spam having any effect or damage to search results.
Not even that, I have reported some sites with LOTS of hidden text and reported them several times, to Google and to Adsense (cause the site haves adsense ads) and the sites are still indexed and with lovely adsense ads.
They say they care, but I think they dont.
This site was showing up at about 14-18 for a pretty good keyphrase back in 2004-2005 but then the entire site was taken down last fall and for the past 6-8 months, it's just been an under construction type of page.
The under construction page now ranks in the top 5!
Good job Google! Keep up the great work!
I'm sure your users love finding pages that have no content or have nothing to do with their search terms...
I think that the better use of Spam reports by Google is to look for trends that they can address algorithimicly. Yes, the process takes longer and is imperfect, but the results are broader.
It is unfair to expect Google or any search engine to have perfect results. It's akin to trying to rack old pool balls on a battered bar table. You try to get the rack as perfect as possible but you know it ain't gonna happen. There will always be spaces between some of the balls and if you get one ball to sit right a different ball will pop out of position. In the end you have to settle for an acceptable rack of balls. I think Google has acceptable SERPS, more than acceptable, and they keep getting better.
The weeks passed, I waited, nothing changed. I can only assume that Google either don't care or the website in question has a large adwords budget. If you think I'm cynical, maybe I am.