Google’s new webspam update “make money online” results example

Yesterday Google started rolling out its WebSpam update originally called the over optimization update.  So far its not good and the easiest way to show just how bad it is for some keywords is to give an example.  Over at Searchengineland on a thread created by Danny Sullivan one of the contributors pointed our this example.  Search for “make money online”  Note almost 2 billion pages competing.

And the site which is the #1 result!!

Seriously Google this is getting rid of WebSpam. How could your spiders have even found this and considered it a result for search with almost 2 billion pages competing.

Make Money Online how?

This is not an isolated incident either it is just an example.  There are several examples on this thread of ridiculous results  Searches for “viagra’ show hijacked sites and its just as bad for ‘paypal france”.

For everybody who remembers the infamous Florida update this all feels very familar and its clear Google may have to backtrack this update because the quality of some of its results will almost certainly send searchers away in confusion.


Written by Fionn

I am the CEO of Elixir Interactive a search and social media company based in Scottsdale Arizona. Our company specializes in organic Search and SEO for universal search. We are a market leader in the field of Online Reputation Management where we leverage our in- depth knowledge of of search and social media to manage brands and reputations online.


4 comments to “Google’s new webspam update “make money online” results example”
  1. Possibly, I would rather think they did it through the algo and a fix of the terrible results and the innocent casualties of the update is on its way.

  2. Fionn, I’m seeing the exact same thing. Well, that’s almost a pun, seeing exact match domains that are MFA still ranking #1.

    Bring on the algo tweaking, Google!

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