Has anyone else noticed all the extremely spammy sites that Google is allowing to fill the SERPs for certain keywords and phrases. Thousands of sites using all kinds of black hat SEO tricks and schemes to rank highly. The sites are so obvious a child could pick them out yet Google has allowed these sites to maintain their positions and dominate SERPs for over two years.
I say "ALLOW" because there really is no other explanation. I have been watching certain keyword phrases and the sites that show up for them for TWO YEARS. I have reported hundreds of these sites to Google dozens of times and they still maintain their positions. I thought during all the "Pandamonium" that the sites would get the boot... but with every passing Panda update they still managed to maintain their positions regardless of how spammy their sites were... if their sites made any sense at all... or what black hat seo techniques they were using.
The one thing these sites have in common... they all sell counterfeit goods and originate in China.
I thought for awhile that Google may be allowing these sites to stay active so as not to TIP them off that the authorities were on their way to cuff and stuff these guys... but that isn't the case either. It has been two years and even a "Barney Fife" type CyberCop would have found them and put them behind bars by now.
These sites target brands like <snip> and a few more... and it's pretty maddening if that happens to be your niche.
There are numerous postings in the Google forums regarding these sites dating back to 2009 and if you search hard enough you can find a lot of posts ranting about these spammers clogging up the SERPs, yet nothing has been done about it.
A lot of the Google contributors in the forums always say that "Google is not the internet police" and that is not the point... the point is these sites are not using some new technology that is beyond Google's ability to detect and remove. They are using spammy back links and blogs with automated posts that are just plain gibberish with a few back links dispersed throughout the text.. basically cirque 1998 spam techniques. Most of their domains contain obvious trademark infringements and things that a legitimate merchant would never use to promote a brand name... like the word CHEAP.
It isn't only Google either... Yahoo and BING are just as bad and I know they don't get the attention that Google does but they should be catching these sites too..
So I ask again.... WHY...?
Does anyone have any theories?
[edited by: goodroi at 2:31 pm (utc) on Jan 25, 2012]
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