Jul 16, 2013 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

Head of Google Spam Search, Matt Cutts replied to a query related to removal of bad links from the website and how Google is helping webmasters in identifying the problem.

The question asked was:

“Client got unnatural links warning in September 2012 without any example links, 90% links removed, asked for examples in every RR but no reply. Shouldn't it be better to have a live/cached "list of bad links or penalties in GWT? Think about genuine businesses”.

In the recent video, Matt said that Google is working on becoming more transparent and giving more examples with messages. However, Matt said that upon receiving such a query, he wouldn’t try to say "give me examples in a reconsideration request” because a reconsideration request will read only what you say. Google only gives small number of replies like yes, the request has been granted or no that you have things to do. There's a very thin middle ground that your request has been processed that usually applies when you have multiple web spam actions and one has been cleared but other ones are left. 

Matt said that what you typically get back from Google is a yes or no and there's no field in the request that gives you examples of bad links or problem areas. He assured that Google will try to get more examples in the messages as they go out. Cutts also said that it will be great if you can log in to the webmaster tools and see some examples.

If you have got that message, feel free to stop by the webmaster forum and see if you can ask for an example. Maybe we can check the specific spam incident and see if we might be able to post or provide a few examples of links within that threat.

On a final note; Matt Cutts assured that Google will try to keep working on things and making them more transparent.

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Navneet Kaushal

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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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