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Google Spam Report Form Gets ‘Biggest Refresh’ In 10 Years

Google’s Matt Cutts just announced that the search company has completely redone the spam report form inside of Google Webmaster Tools, According to a tweet by Cutts, Google’s head of spam, announcing:

“We just released the biggest refresh of our spam report form in, oh, say 10 years”

The new spam report page is now accessible at www.google.com/webmasters/tools/spamreport?pli=1 inside Google Webmaster Tools. What used to be one simple form, is now turned into a mini-site with eight links for more information about various types of problems. In other words, rather than a single spam report form, there are now several.

Where as, the old webspam form was on a single page and asked users to choose one (or more) checkboxes that described the spam-related problem; the checkboxes included options like “Hidden text or links,” “Misleading or repeated words,” “Cloaked page,” “Deceptive redirects” and several others.

In the new spam page, the links above for “Paid links,” “Malware” and “Phishing” all lead to separate forms for reporting those specific issues.

The fourth form is dedicated for things that are “really webspam,” as Google says at the bottom leads to a much shorter form that looks like this:

Here’s a screenshot of the old spam form, found on HuntsvillePR.com.

[Source: Twitter, Thanks, SEL]

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