Updated: 22nd June 2017

SEO Tip: Don't Ask Google For Advice When You're Breaking The Webmaster Guidelines

Google Spam Reporting

I cover one of these every several months, where a webmaster is knowingly breaking the Google Webmaster guidelines and then seeks help from a Googler.

In the latest example, a site that is not only spamming Google will scrapped content, but stealing that content directly from Google’s very own Google Play store.

The thread starts back a few weeks ago on Twitter and John Mueller from Google responds nicely. But he goes on and on and finally John calls him out saying “It looks like your site is still scraping the play store, is that correct?”

The webmaster responds like any child would and says, well, this other site is doing it. In which John replies, “that doesn’t sound like a good start :). It’s important for us that sites provide unique value, are compelling and high-quality.”

Here are the set of tweets:

I am always amazed to see the boldness of some of these folks on Twitter and social media.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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Author: barry@rustybrick.com (Barry Schwartz)

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