Google Wipes Out Any Site On CO.CC

Jul 1, 2011 • 8:27 am | comments (67) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search & Web SEO Spam
 

co.cc removed form GoogleWe know Google reserves the right to ban all sites on a host if the host seems to have an unusual percentage of spammy sites on it.

Well, Google banned a whole sub-domain yesterday specifically co.cc.

co.cc removed form Google

Google's Matt Cutts actually mentioned it on Google + but now there are lots of threads on the topic. Threads at Google Webmaster Help, DigitalPoint Forums, WebmasterWorld and even Google AdWords Help.

Googler, JohnMu, explained they can do this and have been doing this elsewhere with places like Malware issues. He said:

As he mentions there, "if we see a very large fraction of sites on a specific freehost be spammy or low-quality, we do reserve the right to take action on the freehost as a whole." Taking action like this is not really something new, and it is something that we may do elsewhere at Google as well (eg as mentioned on with regards to malware).

If you feel that your particular site is in line with our Webmaster Guidelines, I would recommend submitting a reconsideration request. Additionally, if you use a subdomain on a widely used domain name, and feel that your subdomain provider is not up to par with regards to preventing and handling abuse quickly - be it webspam, phishing, or malware - you may wish to look into ways of remedying that.

That being said the Google AdWords Help forum even has an AdWords representative suggesting you do not use co.cc as a domain. The representative explained that although the TLD is not yet banned from AdWords, it is a risky TLD and it is "definitely [in] a bad neighborhood."

Forum discussion Google Webmaster Help, DigitalPoint Forums, WebmasterWorld and Google AdWords Help.

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Comments:

Colin

07/01/2011 12:39 pm

Wow crazy. Is co.cc a ccTLD? Sub-domain technically?

Barry Schwartz

07/01/2011 01:10 pm

sorry, you are right, my bad.

ajbiff

07/01/2011 01:15 pm

yes, co.cc is a company i believe, using the .CC ?? and offering free redirects?

Black Seo Guy

07/01/2011 02:05 pm

Google feels like they can banned anything if you ask me, they are starting to banned a lot of YouTube channels also for no reasons as of what I been hearing. "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off"

Amy Kas

07/01/2011 11:01 pm

just like bz.cm   ... the newest domain of choice for spammers.

Ijailbreak

07/02/2011 07:22 am

How about removing useless blogspot.com websites?

Nasif

07/02/2011 01:56 pm

Lol ! There are lots of bogus .blogspot websites which google should consider banning

Shiva

07/02/2011 02:22 pm

Damn bad for all those people who were hosting their (real/not spammy) sites on .co.cc subTLD...my condolences with them...this is the same reason why one should avoid "Free" things in this world..they all come with a catch...

john lewis uk

07/02/2011 02:31 pm

Its a good move, poor content sites and even domain should be banned permanently.

Dipendra-Hack Facebook

07/02/2011 04:20 pm

How to now redirect my traffic from co.cc to a .com? PLease help

Lobozebra4

07/03/2011 01:41 am

That is fucked up. This destroys the hopes and dreams for people who have tons of legit co.cc sites. Thanks Google. Fucking assholes.

Athar Rasool

07/03/2011 08:38 am

super cool. end of spam co.cc

FaiKShare

07/03/2011 12:52 pm

THE END OF SPAM & MALWARE DOMAIN?? 

Guest

07/04/2011 01:02 am

spammers like you especially

Rayhanzhampiet

07/04/2011 05:50 am

Google banned co.cc domain actions also impact on the loss of some backlinks I got from some blogs with domain co.cc.  Poor me...!!

About Web

07/04/2011 07:03 am

I think Google been paid for removing competition.

resume

07/04/2011 07:36 am

This all about panda 2.2  !thay ban 2 my sites for nothing !its incredible insane!

PRD

07/04/2011 01:33 pm

Does Google have the right to do this? sure they do, is it ethical? No. I think Google is being highly unethical in this move. Google has sold me and continues to try to sell me products that, Google knows are being used to promote my completely legitimate, ethical, non spam co.cc domain and Google is going to willfully block search results leading to that domain, what the heck is that, I read that as fraudulent and censorship. I have played by the rules, I have never generated a single complaint. Purchasing a new domain is no big deal but losing my entire web history, back links, and all  the work involved to move redirect ect, that is a major pain. Google has made a very bad move and violated the business trust of many.

PRD

07/04/2011 01:39 pm

Absolutely, and Hubpages, How to, Tumblr, Twitter, Youtube, Myspace,Facebook and the thousands of others right along with them.

D-quote

07/05/2011 03:31 am

Why should google wipe out the entire domains under co cc? I know so many people are using it to spam other but many more are not bad and in a right path.

How to Lose Weight Fast

07/05/2011 03:54 am

There must be some specific reason for deleting co cc. Only the reason that they are using for spamming is not sufficient as there will some who is using it as genuine.  So Google should maintain it specific reason.

lifebiz

07/05/2011 10:45 am

Google must be crazy, I like it.  Yeah, It's time to rest in peace for co.cc free domain.. Oh my, I have one paid co cc domain, what a useless 3 dollars..

aceview

07/06/2011 10:32 am

Google Banned All co.cc Domains http://t.co/RnNML8u. What a nice move to buy .com domain

ADAM

07/07/2011 08:46 pm

easy people can use other free domain provider like  www.s.pe 

Navnaeet

07/08/2011 09:40 am

right ban may be...:( but however i was also hosting on it

TheSmartestGenius

07/08/2011 01:49 pm

Its definitely bs maybe you can 301 an grab a real domain

TheSmartestGenius

07/08/2011 01:55 pm

Seriously guys if you didn't see this comin you gotta take a coffee shower. Take out a loan if you can't afford the 10 bucks for a real domain. Or were you hoping to grab some sweet EMD for free and seo your face off, only people cryin about this are broke ppl, spammers, and the nieve.

totoman95

07/11/2011 06:31 am

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=6b1827777741a457&hl=en

phone review

07/11/2011 06:14 pm

I am not agree with the Google’s decision. Only such domain should be banned which is spamming not all co.cc domains

Backups kid

07/11/2011 08:45 pm

Being someone who developed on a .co domain this startled me a bit, a quick scratching beneath the surface put my worries aside. Although I feel that Google is at a stage where it should be able to algorithmically detect spam and remove from search index on a case by case basis. I think maybe because of the nature of this domain. Being free, and thus possibly used as a throwaway domain to spam with; there possibly may have been an extremely high percentage of spammy sites on their domain.. I personally can't see legitimate websites and businesses build on that domain, one visit to the registrar will telll you something smells fishy with the domain. Edit: my bad, just realised .co . cc isn't actually a tld.. the tld is .cc, the domain . co. cc was acting like a registrar and giving away free sub domains.

Dan

07/14/2011 04:44 pm

I see more spam and junk on blogspot, is Google going to wipe out their own service? Instead of wiping out a full on domain based on people ruining it for people that actually use the service right, Google should derank those spammy sites to the very back pages of the search index.

Manu

07/14/2011 06:26 pm

I opend the web casatumi.co.cc for charity purpose, now suddently it is banned.... Google should show itself that it can beat spams in a clever way not by banning what is given for free.

Dipendra@Hack Facebook

07/17/2011 12:59 pm

Really true.  I put up 2 years serving my visitors in my domain musicbid but now its banned. Really bad news for me.

Allaroundtheroom

07/18/2011 01:18 pm

All .co.cc domains are NOT free and are NOT spam. Business domains are indeed paid for. Googles action was simply protectionism for their ELITE keyword effective .com domains. The tin gods at google should get their own algorithms etc to work effectively to weed out spam, simply by banning a whole domain extension proves they do not have the know how in reality to provide what they say they can effectivley. If anyone Pays for any domain extension google should be forced to display such websites and let their superior algorithms sort them accordingly. All google has proven to the world is that they do not really have the control over their own results as they claim, if they had,  every website, no matter the extension would be ordered on googles own merit structure.

Pinkx420

07/27/2011 03:27 am

 yeah.. i agree but people will just keep making even more domains so they had to completely banned read more on my blog http://webmaster-specialist.blogspot.com/2011/07/google-banned-cocc-from-search-results.html

Shadough_4747

08/22/2011 07:04 pm

Its bs google should know this is'nt going to be tolerated .  I want to be my own judge on what i can search for and decide on my own weather or not i will visit and return to a site. my www.cashcow.co.cc site is a purely educational  site to show people how to set up there own free websites ive created video tutorials and spent alot of time. I think by using a redirect like co.nr people will get by but for now Im removing google chrome and setting my home page to search engine  that is'nt filtering my searchs.

Will Spencer

09/08/2011 09:24 am

Norma.cc does not appear to be affected by this ban. http://www.google.com/search?q=norma

Elikom86

09/09/2011 01:09 am

idiots . . . why would not they ban the .com domain? a lot of porn and malware is there . . . Fuck google.

Ncsastro

09/13/2011 04:07 am

Now it is right time to launch a new search engine for the domain ending .co.cc

Social Networking Community

10/04/2011 11:01 am

in my opinion, google should be wiser by just banning infected co.cc domains. I've seen a lot of people share great stuffs and articles on co.cc - but anyway, I see this is also a good lesson for co.cc and other free domain providers to be more careful and review every subdomain http://www.netterland.com http://www.iBuddhist.org

Marlon

12/03/2011 02:16 am

You can't be serious. What's the matter of being broke or just don't wanna pay for a nicer email address or for have a name what people can refer to? It's not a crime do not have or do not want to expend money in one of the company's that offer registration. Google just stats "our bot is not smart enough for distingish one legit site of one that it isn't; so if you want to spam, you have to pay $10 for it". Or, can't ".com" sites been spammers? And also, for whom blogspot is? for those who can't afford a self hosted wordpress installation? That doesn't mean it has to be banned. With this, Google is accepting that have more power than brain.

Lorraine Lee

12/03/2011 06:27 am

Even the name cashcow sounds spammy.  From the name, sounds like one of those make money sites, which is a spammy concept to begin with.

CASH COW

03/01/2012 08:02 pm

well that''s true it is make money site but im not asking for a penny the only revenue i get from the site is threw google adds. I made a bunch of tutorial on youtube that show step by step how anyone can build a custom website. how to add tweet buttons, like buttons, comment boxs. It's all with publisher 2010 and it's very easy to do. Oh i would make a commision if someone bought a book but there is no need to . all the how too's are found in the videos.

adil

05/29/2012 07:52 am

Is .tk domains are banned from google?I hosted a .tk domain 2 months ago and I already got page rank 2.My website address is "www.youdownload.tk". I searched google with youdownload.tk but my site doesn't appeared in the search though it has page rank 2.

Lorraine Lee

05/29/2012 04:48 pm

About a month ago I got quite a wave of Wordpress referer spam referencing the .tk domain suffix. It is a suffix with a spammy reputation. I still would expect better from Google; with all its cutting edge tech it should have a less crude method of spam/notspam differentiation than simply looking at the domain suffix.

Lorraine Lee

05/29/2012 05:41 pm

Of course, looking at youdownload.tk, I would definitely describe it as spam. Get rich quick scams are precisely the kind of junk I don't want to see in page 1 search results.

Lorraine Lee

05/29/2012 05:43 pm

I looked at your website. It is as spammy as they come. A low ranking would be an argument in favor of the page rank algorithm.

Adil

06/05/2012 08:19 am

Will eu.pn domains appear in searches.

Wawa SM

11/15/2012 02:34 pm

..since the big G delete my blogspot account , I moved to wordpress.com .

Wawa SM

11/15/2012 02:36 pm

Do you really think that Google is really smart? Long live the Blackhat!!

Wawa SM

11/15/2012 02:38 pm

..never look back to blogspot since G wipe out my 4 years blogspot, now I hate blogspot - moved to wordpress.com

Wawa SM

11/15/2012 02:41 pm

"..able to algorithmically detect spam and remove from search index on a case by case basis" of course Google can, but it would take many of their resource , and resource is money! Google is planning for world internet take over, that's why you should rely less on Google..don't get their blogspot, don't advertise with adwords...etc

Wawa SM

11/15/2012 02:43 pm

..start to moved to other video site like Vimeo,etc

Wawa SM

11/15/2012 02:43 pm

..LOL they can do whatever they want its their SEARCH ENGINE.. time to moved to another SEARCH ENGINE dude..i have use Dogpile.com since 4 years ago

Wawa SM

11/15/2012 02:45 pm

..i think not all free things come with a catch..

Wawa SM

11/15/2012 02:46 pm

...LOL it would be easier to banned all..its their SEARCH ENGINE dude..

Wawa SM

11/15/2012 02:47 pm

..there is no democracy in Google dude..you have no say..follow the G say..

Wawa SM

11/15/2012 03:01 pm

no, only blogspot and the other that belongs to Google subs company

Wawa SM

11/15/2012 03:03 pm

..LOL they get piece of the pie in BILLONS of dollars

rage

11/17/2012 02:14 am

YOU KNOW HOW MUCH STUFF I WORKED ON WITH THE FUCKING DOMAIN? GREAT, I NEED TO START OVER NOW GODAMMIT.

techie94

11/17/2012 08:50 pm

guys stop getting passionate....co.cc has closed down anyway and they lost the ability to let you login to your account about a year back or so....i should know, i had a legitimate co.cc website and couldnt update it. The guys at co.cc dropped the ball badly and allowed bogus websites etc and then when it got too much to handle, they blocked access to accounts and eventually shut down. Poor guys...but really it was a logical move by google to ban it.

random

11/18/2012 12:18 am

why youtube? stupid :p

easy

11/18/2012 12:20 am

i just looked it up...

DarkShadows311

12/03/2012 06:16 am

Wow. This sucks! I just lost 20+ domains and they were comepletely ad-free, absloutly no malware, or anything! -_- damn it.

Eric

12/06/2012 12:18 pm

Google doesnt "have to" do anything. They're a private company that could close tomorrow if they wanted to. If you don't like it, dont use it. What is it with people these days? Everyone thinks they're entitled to everything.

Fred

01/08/2013 12:10 am

Oh come on man, I have been paying for my w9fed.co.cc and aaji.co.cc for 5 years now at $19 a year... the first is a Ham Radio Website the next is my eMail server.

kd4sydney

02/26/2013 09:47 pm

Actually you are mistaken... they've been a public company for a while now. And, I don't think they really could close tomorrow ïf they wanted to" I think the U.S. gov't might have something to say about it. http://au.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=GOOG Ironically, the U.S. gov't is the primary reason that the co.cc domains are now gone (and not because of spam). Do a bit of web research and you can still find out why.

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