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Should you submit your dirty laundry to the Google spam team?

by seobitch on September 3, 2013 · 16 comments

dirtylaundryIn case you missed the news, Matt Cutts has solicited webmasters to submit their poorly ranking websites to them, so they can have a look exactly why your website isn’t ranking as well as should. No, that’s not a joke. Really.

Matt Cutts had everybody aflutter when he tweeted “If there’s a small website that you think should be doing better in Google, tell us more here”

Now, looking at the responses  it is clear I wasn’t the only one who thought Matt was trolling!

Now, it could be legitimate that Google honestly wants to learn why some websites, particularly the small ones it seems to be soliciting, aren’t ranking as well against larger websites.  Okay, it’s been kind of a problem when the Wikipedia’s of the world are dominating the search results, and Mary’s little hobby site ranks somewhere beyond the 15th page of search results. But do you really want to wave a red flag about your site and say “Hey Matt, Look at meeeeeee!”

And when you think about it, doesn’t every single webmaster think their site deserves to be ranking at the top? If not, you’re creating the wrong type of website and should probably go back to the drawing board and think about it some more. Because really, people aren’t creating websites and hoping they rank on page 10.

Now, maybe you submitted your site and it is a perfectly lily white site that you’ve never done a teensy bit thing wrong with. But I’m willing to bet that more than a few people are submitting sites there really shouldn’t deserve to be indexed.  And you really want Google looking that closely at your dirty laundry of a website, where they can easily permaban if they see something they don’t like?  At least if they aren’t looking at it manually, you have a chance to make it clean and have the site make a comeback.

Supposedly it is one of the engineers on Matt’s team who is wanting these websites, but clearly Matt is having a look at them too, as evidenced by some of his tweet responses.  Oh to be a fly on the wall of that Google doc!

Personally, if I have a website that is not doing well, the last thing I want to do is go crying to Matt Cutts sobbing that my website should be ranking better, although there are more than a few well known SEOs who do just this on a regular basis (yes, really, although they aren’t likely to admit it to many). And in a world where the rules of SEO engagement are constantly changing, and with negative SEOs still being a real problem, having the Google spam team personally take a look at my website is not high up on with the things I want to do this week.

However, not everyone feels this way because they were definitely getting submissions, although how many is unknown beyond Matt Cutts tweeting it was a couple hundred shortly after he posted it. Now what say you? Did anybody submit their website to have Google personally look at why it’s not ranking?  Did the spam team sprinkle the magic Google ranking fairy dust on it and suddenly it is doing well again?  Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t, but I don’t want to be the next example in a Matt Cutts video saying “for example, we had this one guy….”

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{ 16 comments }

1 Rozina

I hope Mat and Google are really serious about this. Big sites or shopping sites with poor quality articles coming up on the first page of search results is a problem that needs to be addressed.

As far as Wikipedia is concerned it is perhaps one of the few sites that deserves its ranking.

2 Brian Mark

Sort of makes me wonder if you can report all your competitors sites as not ranking well if you suspect them of doing something wrong… or maybe we should all report that John Chow’s site doesn’t rank where it should.

3 Mark GM

People that are submitting to Matt Cutt’s list are not going to get any search boost IMO, simply because they are not going to bend the algo for a few hungry webmasters.

4 Alan

Couldn’t agree more. I don’t know how many people we consult with that had someone do a hack job on their website and they want to use Google as their end-all solution afterwards. It’s obvious why you’d want to rank well but, soliciting anything to them seems to have more negative potential than positive. If your site is fixable, it’s fixable. Go on and do what you do and correct it.

5 faisal

Does google have the time for all that?

6 Birmingham

This is something new that I have read. I wonder how many of us would take this up this offer…

7 Jawbone Up Tips

Can we really trust Google on this? Nowadays, after reading Viper Chill’s blog on SEO, I realized Google’s been screwing up on their algorithm. Anyway I’ve tried adding new comments to my old blog and see if it works.

Shoemoney 8 Ellie

Some one get me some bleach, stat!

Shoemoney 9 Stan Fonrea

Google is satan dressed as the internet

Shoemoney 10 Worlds End

I’ll be in my bunk….err…bunker.

Shoemoney 11 Victoria Chase

This sounds like some kind of bad bar pick-up line where they guy tries to give you backhanded compliment so that you feel bad with about yourself so that he can get into your pants. Sleazy!

Shoemoney 12 Papa Smurf

Organic ranking is DEAD. It doesn’t matter what you do your page unless you’re shelling out the dough you are not going to rank better.

Shoemoney 13 Nick

I’d love to hear from someone who actually participated in this

Shoemoney 14 New Visitor

I submitted my site and on September 4th we got burned with a drop in search ranking.

15 Emmett

Yikes! That’s pretty scary. I wonder how many people were dumb enough to submit this.

16 Maarten

Going to submit a few old and abandoned sites that got burned by the last Penguin update. I’m curious to see what they come up with as answer because the sites used to do very well for years and haven’t been touched for months… Since they used to do very well, there should be some things we did good. Would be amazed though if they climb back up the search results all of a sudden after requesting a review, hehe.

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