Google Erroneously Warns Techmeme Of Hacked Spam Issues

Aug 9, 2016 - 8:05 am 2 by
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Gabe Rivera, the founder of the awesome Techmeme site, asked Google why they labeled their site has being hacked with spam. Techmeme received a notification within Google Search Console for Hacked with spam. It said "a hacker may have modified your site to contain spammy content. To protect visitors to your site, Google's search results may label your site's pages as hacked."

The issue is, these are editorial links and embeds. Techmeme's own editors are linking to sites like the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine and Google is labeling that as spam.

Here is the notification:

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Here is when you drill in and see it is for WSJ or Fortune links:

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Gabe Rivera posted these on Twitter and said "probably a glitch, but it's funny+ironic how Techmeme's normal Google coverage ended up flagged as a hack."

Matt Cutts responded it might be related to the payday loans stuff, which is confusing Google?

In any event, it is wrong and I am sure Google will resolve it shortly.

Forum discussion at Twitter.


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