Google has shared data on webspam in 2015.
There was an increase of 180% in the number of sites being hacked. Number of sites with thin and low quality content also saw a rise.
Google said, “The rest of spam was tackled manually. We sent more than 4.3 million messages to webmasters to notify them of manual actions we took on their site and to help them identify the issues.” There was an increase of 33% in the number of sites going through spam clean-up for reconsideration process.
Users had sent more than 400,000 spam reports and Google acted on 65% of them and 80% were considered spam. Google also conducted more than 200 online office hours and live events in 17 languages across the world to help webmasters with their websites.
Google further said, “The webmaster help forum continued to be an excellent source of webmaster support. Webmasters had tens of thousands of questions answered, including over 35,000 by users designated as Webmaster Top Contributors. Also, 56 Webmaster Top Contributors joined us at our Top Contributor Summit to discuss how to provide users and webmasters with better support and tools. We’re grateful for our awesome Top Contributors and their tremendous contributions!”