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Yes, spam is an issue, everywhere, and new AI ought to help in that respect.This is a lot less of a problem on a local level. As for AI solving it, that's just clueless Google propaganda. The search spam problem is a lot easier to solve than most people think. The reason that webmasters think it is some kind of insurmountable problem is simply because they have never seen the problem from the other side.
Oh, come on, why just Google? In that case it's every other company involved in AI.Because spam isn't that kind of problem. It is easy to fool "technology" journalists with the technological equivalent of smoke and mirrors. Most webspam has characteristics that allow huge amounts of it to be eliminated from an index with a few keystrokes. As I said, most webmasters don't see this problem from the perspective of those who build or have built search engines.
joined:Apr 21, 2016
Just have a curated directory which only lets in the decent sites. No need for algos or the expense of crawling. Just got to pay for the human editors.And this is the rock upon which many web directories were wrecked. Humans are not horizontally scalable. Domain names expire and web directories disappear. Approximately 56% of .COM domain names registered this time last year will renew. Some of the ccTLDs have higher renewal rates but keeping track of these deleted sites and maintaining a current index for the directory does require some effort. Then there's the problem of finding new websites. How do you do it? Relying on user submissions is going to get piles of low quality websites from meatbots and automated submission operations. Setting up a web directory seems to have been a rite of passage for web devs. The problem is that if it becomes successful, then it will turn into a full time job and Google will try to kill it as it did for all web directories once it had plundered their links.