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Google Guidelines For Newbies, Helpful Tips That Will Protect You From Webspam Content Violations

Updated on August 30, 2014


Greetings newbies, and to anyone who wants to further understand Google's Guidelines involving webspam content. I recently did some research on subjects that are most important to Google, syndicated content, affiliate and doorway sites are topics that they have touched on as well as adult content.

Even though I’ve been writing for awhile, I can always use a refresher course on how to stay clear of content violations. Hopefully this article will shed light on Google's guidelines and expectations.

Webspam Content Violations

Avoid Syndicated Content

Syndicated topics involve the following: Using another users content that does not consist your original work.

Affiliate programs that provide irrelevant content to increase their search traffic. High quality content should contain information that provides knowledgeable value to readers.

This explains why Social media sites such as The Hubpages encourages their writers to write on original subjects which involve unique topics provided with original pictures.

Doorway sites are frustrating sites luring users to targeted self promoting sites.

Prohibited Content: Please Keep Your Peel On

A picture of a banana wearing blue shoes. Keep your peel on. Represents a respectful image.
A picture of a banana wearing blue shoes. Keep your peel on. Represents a respectful image. | Source

Sometimes Our Views Should Be Kept Behind Closed Doors, So That We Don't Offend Others

Prohibited Content

What may seem like art to you could be considered as offensive nudity to others.

I spent my childhood years in Europe, an environment that embraces the body as art. Beaches are packed with women and men who are barely covered.

For the most part I found that some European men and women were comfortable baring their body as is, hairy arm pits and all, which is considered natural beauty.

America treats nudity differently. Nudity is not often viewed as art, and for the most part, body parts are often shaved or waxed.

Nonetheless, adhering to what is appropriate is necessary in order to prevent all content violations.

If you are in Google's AdSense program it is important to follow Google's guidelines as follows:

The AdSense network is considered family-safe, which means that publishers aren't permitted to place Google ads on sites which contain pornography, adult, or mature content. If your site has content which you wouldn't be comfortable viewing at work or with family members around, then it probably isn't an appropriate site for Google ads.'

  • No full nudity or sexual activity, this is considered pornographic and it is not permitted.
  • No sheer clothing or strategically covered nudity.
  • No sexually gratifying content
  • No objects used in a fetish manner
  • Adult langues or comments
  • No adult spam or links
  • No extreme profanity

AdSense Tips: Keeping your site Family- Safe

Paul Edmondson, CEO of HubPages.Com 2011 Article With San Francisco Business Times

I found an interesting article in which Paul Edmondson, CEO of The HubPages took part in regarding the biggest risk.

Biggest risk: In the early days, we saw that 15 percent of our content was adult. So in 2007, HubPages took a huge risk and decided to eliminate all adult content.

Read More.

Understanding The Penguin

A penguin wearing a #1 Golden medal. Represents integrity.
A penguin wearing a #1 Golden medal. Represents integrity. | Source

Understanding Where The Penguin Is Coming From

Google Penguin is a code name for a Google algorithm update that was first announced on April 24, 2012. The update is aimed at decreasing search engine rankings of websites that violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines by using now declared black-hat SEO techniques involved in increasing artificially the ranking of a webpage by manipulating the number of links pointing to the page. Such tactics are commonly described as link schemes. According to Google's John Mueller, Google has announced all updates to the Penguin filter to the public.

What's Up With The Panda?

A tough looking Panda wearing a yellow hat starring into a mirror. Representing quality standards.
A tough looking Panda wearing a yellow hat starring into a mirror. Representing quality standards. | Source

The Strengthening Your Skills As A Writer Poll

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Understanding Google Panda

Google Panda is a filter that prevents low quality sites and/or pages from ranking well in the search engine results page. The filter's threshold is influenced by Google Quality Raters Quality Raters answer questions such as "would I trust this site with my credit card?" so that Google can distinguish the difference between high and low quality sites.

The Google Panda patent (patent 8,682,892), filed on September 28, 2012, was granted on March 25, 2014. The patent states that Google Panda creates a ratio with a site'sinbound links and reference queries, search queries for the site's brand. That ratio is then used to create a sitewide modification factor. The sitewide modification factor is then used to create a modification factor for a page based upon a search query. If the page fails to meet a certain threshold, the modification factor is applied and, therefore, the page would rank lower in the search engine results page.

A Great Social Media Site Provides Moderators

Screen shot of Matt Meyer's homepage Tech support
Screen shot of Matt Meyer's homepage Tech support | Source
Screen Shot of Christy Kirwan HubPage Staff Member Screen Shot Homepage
Screen Shot of Christy Kirwan HubPage Staff Member Screen Shot Homepage

In Conclusion:

To sum it up, we all need guidance in order to achieve our goals and pass on knowledge to our fellow writers.

The Hubpages is one of the best social media sites that provide the tools which educate their writers/authors to stay within Google guidelines.

  • Providing Boot Camp For New Users.
  • Accolades and Special Recognition
  • How to Create Valuable Online Content

A great social media site will provide a Fairy Godmother or Father to oversee their site. In which I notice that The HubPages incorporates this vital need, I see Hub moderator Christy patrolling the community , as well as tech support, through Matt Meyer.

The HubPages inspires writers to create original articles such as author Suzanne Day's truthful article entitled, What To Do About Online Art Theft & Plagiarism.

The HubPages is also a social outlet in which users can find original DIY content created by talented writers.

I am not afraid to admit that I need guidance in understanding the nature surrounding certain aspects of the writing industry, which will allow me to help empower successful up-and-coming writers.

My desire is to build a lasting relationship with writers and readers. In order to do so, I know that I must sharpen my skills in every area of this business.

To strengthen my ability and understanding involving the analytical basis which surrounds an overview of users and traffic flow, I enrolled in The Google Analytics Academy course. This free Analytics Course also provides information which surrounds the Google Display Network formed to help re-engage users based on their on-site actions.

I hope to provide insightful information upon completion. Below is a video which provides information about the Google program if anyone wishes to take courses hopefully through continued sessions.

Until then, Write On My Friends!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      This really is a very useful hub for newbies. It helped me understand better why HubPages has a new spam filter to unfeature hubs that are in violation.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks DDE! I'm still learning too. I have learned what seems normal to me or innocent may be offensive to others. I am also looking for new ways to improve my skills as a writer. One day I hope to be as inspiring as Author DDE! Thanks for your feedback.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and so helpful. You have showed me such useful points.