Bing Considering Rewards For Search Spam Reports

May 24, 2011 • 9:04 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search & Web SEO Spam
 

Rewards For Search Spam ReportsIt is no secret that both Google and Bing want you to report search spam to them and people do it. It helps them both manually and algorithmically tailor their search ranking algorithms to be better quality.

Google has gone to lengths to encourage users to report spam by creating chrome extensions, forms in webmaster tools, generic forms and heck even the block sites feature. But Google has never promised action on those spam reports nor have they offered any monetary reward for these reports.

A Bing Forum thread has one SEO recommending to Bing to offer an incentive or "small reward" for users who report search spam to Bing. If the spam report leads to a nice unearthing of a spam technique, give the spam reporter something nice to encourage that spam reporter and others to report spam more often.

Side note: The interesting thing about this post was that the one who suggested it dropped a anchor text rich link to his business.

Bing's response was non-committal but yet not shut down completely. Wil from Bing said:

Thank you for your feedback. While we cannot guarantee all requests to be granted, we will certainly have our team review this and consider it in future releases.

Do you think Google and Bing should offer incentives to report spam? Take our poll:

Forum discussion at Bing Forum.

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Comments:

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05/25/2011 12:19 pm

wow. This is very interesting news! Thanks for sharing!

Aa

05/28/2011 12:42 am

How are you suppose to report spam? I mean, how would that even go about? Like... "X person is spam-searching" what does that even mean, and how could we identify X person?

guest

06/09/2011 04:30 pm

people dont know what search  spam actually is.  its more like report something in the index that you personally dont like.  thats not objective filtering.    is this an idea of a new earning potential lol maybe they should make that in to an MLM lol  

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