The bad comments on Google search

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  1. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image27
    sunilkunnoth2012posted 4 years ago

    It is shocking to  note that on Google search, the HubPages is displayed with a bad tag "This site has a bad reputation".  It is sad and not true.  Why they label our site as a bad one.  I got this information, when I tried to find the position of some of my articles on Google search page.  Even Blogger and other silly sites are Safe but the most popular and successful site such as HubPages is Bad.  Why? What can we do to get it removed.  (The safer sites are with a tick mark in green circle and bad ones read HP with a minus mark in  yellow circle).  Please comment on.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I believe any bad reputation tags would be because of the stuff that goes on in some of the forum threads. That is where we have to start cleaning up and we should all work together to put a stop to the bad attitudes, lack of respect, personal attacks, and rudeness that is prevalent in the forum threads.

      1. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image27
        sunilkunnoth2012posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I do agree that as of late we have lost our communal harmony and intimacy in forum postings. Some use abusive language, some are arrogant, some adopt the style of personal attacks and a few are very rude too. It all started recently. I had been here for the last two years but noticed this sort of negative plays on the part of hubbers only recently.  I myself was humiliated on certain grounds and it was very hurting as well. But does it have any relevance with the question I raised today on the forum.  I need a clear reply.  I think the HP authority has to do some urgent works to avoid that bad tag.

      2. Rochelle Frank profile image94
        Rochelle Frankposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I haven't been on the forums much lately, but if this is happening we all need to get in and try to help clean things up with flags and deletions whenever possible.

  2. alison monroe profile imageSTAFF
    alison monroeposted 4 years ago

    Sunnilkunnoth, do you know what program created the yellow flags?  A few months ago an antivirus program called Avast was reportedly doing that.  I'm sorry I am not a technical person and can't help you much.

    1. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image27
      sunilkunnoth2012posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      alison monroe, thank you for your frank reply.

      1. chasmac profile image95
        chasmacposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        So can you answer Alison's question? - Do you know what program is creating the yellow flags? It's not Google that's doing it. Do you use Avast anti-virus? That's what was responsible for it last time the topic came up.

        Alison's link doesn't work because she put a full stop after it. Here it is.

        1. alison monroe profile imageSTAFF
          alison monroeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you, Chasmac, for your help.

  3. janshares profile image94
    jansharesposted 4 years ago

    That is terrible news, sunilkunnoth. We know that the majority of articles at HP are well-written and informative. I wrote a hub about how unique the site and the writers are and what a good learning environment we have with each other. Maybe we should all write more about the plus side of HP and get the word out.

    1. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image27
      sunilkunnoth2012posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Fully agree with you jashares. Thanks for your good reply.

  4. wabond profile image81
    wabondposted 4 years ago

    Google is a commercial company, so they would only see things in terms of money. So any bad tags would be sign they are not making money from hubpages. The sites they are promoting, would be where they are making money.  I really doubt if Google and its advertisers would make much money from well-written and well informed articles.

    1. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image27
      sunilkunnoth2012posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Good observation.

  5. Nadine May profile image40
    Nadine Mayposted 4 years ago

    After reading this very alarming forum topic  I needed to find out for myself. I just typed into google: hubpages Nadine May and many of my articles addresses came up in the first 3 pages, including my blogs and website where I promote all the titles of my articles with their links. I saw no yellow flag at all! I'm using Firefox and Windows 7
    In the past, years ago  I recall now that I used to see the ratings of webpages, but that must have been a setting I do not have now anymore.
    That was more about if the website or page was save to open, not about the page itself.  A green  tick meant save and red meant suspicious. I never seen a yellow flag.

    1. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image27
      sunilkunnoth2012posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You may be right, you haven't found it there. But my searching brings that bad result and that's why I posted it here.  I too wish to get result as what you got. Congrats on your fine visibility on the cyber world. Thanks for your comments.

      1. Barbara Kay profile image91
        Barbara Kayposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        My old virus program would do this. It isn't Google doing it, but your virus program.

  6. ChristinS profile image52
    ChristinSposted 4 years ago

    Ok, here is why it happens.  Those who have this are likely using Avast antivirus, which puts a "rating" by sites (based on user votes). in search results.  I run Avast - it's a great antivirus program.  Anytime I run a google search and an HP article is in the results, the little yellow warning "this site has a bad reputation" appears.  It doesn't matter whose hub it is etc.  It is a sitewide reputation thing.

    The reason it is voted that way is that a significant number of people have seen this site as "spammy" more than high quality.  It has nothing to do with the forums most likely as the forums are not what pulls up in search results. 

    People may vote a site as "low quality" if they think it doesn't offer good info, or if it seems overly commercial and full of ads etc.  When a site gets enough votes either positive or negative - then they display those warnings on the search results. 

    Overall, not sure if it is having a huge impact.  It is unfortunate though.

    1. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image27
      sunilkunnoth2012posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You have answered it well. Thank you. My humble question is what can we or for that matter the HP authority do to  get out of this bad situation. Let's hope it will disappear soon.

  7. The Examiner-1 profile image72
    The Examiner-1posted 4 years ago

    I researched and reviewed it in many different ways and it had a very good reputation. I even found it on BBB.
    I believe that the problem is not Avast (which I use) and HP but certain links entered into HP. I have checked HP with my Avast and it says 'No threat found'. There was a forum some time ago which mentioned "links in search results has a yellow marker".

  8. Rochelle Frank profile image94
    Rochelle Frankposted 4 years ago

    Other answers seem to discount the forum postings, but I still think it is a good idea to report  anything that bring the site down.


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