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Video Tutorial: Understanding Webmaster Tools Notifications

By Kristi Hagen on Mar 27, 2013 - 11:00 AM

Google has begun releasing short 2-3min video tutorials on some of the most basic of questions related to search and your Web site. We have decided to feature these quick tutorials to be sure that ALL of your questions are answered!

Today's question addresses the quantity and the different types of messages send out to Webmasters via Webmaster Tools. The head of Google's Webspam team, Matt Cutts, shares the statistics. Cutts says...

"hundreds of thousands of notifications are sent out each month."

In January and February of 2013, the message breakdowns are as follows:

  • 90% relates to black hat, which Cutts defines as "pure egregious spam".
  • 4% are sent because "the content had little or no added value"
  • 3% are sent because of hacking.
  • 2% relates to link buying.
  • 1% relates to link selling.

View the video today to learn more about Webmaster Tools Notifications.

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