Google Mistakes Custom Search Engine Blog for Spam And Deletes It

Aug 10, 2007 | 1,782 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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In a crazy moment, Google's very own spam detector (which is now confirmed) gave away its very own blog to some other user, reports InfoWorld.

The error was first noticed by Philip Lenssen

who noticed that all the posts were erased and instead was the message:-

“Google Custom Search, is the wonderful product from Google which many webmasters have been looking and dream for. It allows webmasters to create their own custom search engines to search only the sites he/she wants.

Also Google Custom Search is integrated with Ad-sense, which means make money while keeping users on your site for longer time with custom search engine.

I’ll cover up more on this powerful tool very soon in my next blog.

Good Luck for all the Custom Search customers(??).

Cheers,

Srikanth”

As nothing about the tone of the blog is like an official Google blog's, Lenssen notified Google to which the search engine replied:

“Whoops! We accidentally classified ourselves as spam, and our ever-perceptive Blogger settings caught us. The Custom Search Blog has since been restored, and we’re taking steps to ensure this doesn’t happen with other Google blogs in the future. Other Blogger users can make sure this doesn’t happen to them by reporting any problems to the Blogger support team via the Blogger Help Center at http://www.blogger.com/problem.g. We can then investigate.”

"Blogger's spam classifier misidentified the Custom Search Blog as spam. The Custom Search Blog bloggers overlooked their notification, and after a period of time passed, the blog was disabled" which is when Srikkanth wrote the blog.

Further, Carlson says "It was a case of 'URL squatting' and not a security issue or any kind of hack."

but the company says it was an ordinary policy procedure which resulted in temporarily deleting its own blog.

Forum discussion at Webmaster World where one webmaster writes, “Google's product is so inherently flawed in spotting spam that it even removes their own content.”

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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