Spam Reporting For Google Rich Snippets

Jan 26, 2012 • 8:48 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Rich Snippets SpamA month ago, we reported an issue with fake rich snippets showing up more often in Google's search results. In short, some webmasters were faking their rich snippets and spamming Google with it.

Today I see Pierre Far from Google posted on his Google+ page that you can now report rich snippet spam to Google. To do so, you go to this page and fill out the form.

Pierre said:

While rich snippets are generated algorithmically, we do reserve the right to take manual action (e.g. disable rich snippets for a specific site) in cases where we see abuse, deception, or other actions that hurt the experience for our users.

If you do find such rich snippets that hurt the search quality, you can submit a spam report at this page.

Google asks you to fill out two things:

(1) The URL of the web page listed in the Google results and

(2) The search query you used when searching in Google.

So I guess now if you see rich snippet spam, you can report it to Google, if you want.

Forum discussion at Google+.

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Syn Syn

01/26/2012 05:11 pm


Ben Spak

03/09/2012 09:30 pm

Thanks for this info :) I know a competing site that is spammy and black hat to report.


03/29/2012 02:58 am

Gotta crackdown on the black hat guys some how! I can see issues with black hat labels using the report to their advantage to harm the organic rich snippets though. I'm sure google has a plan in the works to fix it. I'm eager to see the evolution of rich snippets

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