Google is going to alert some site owners of penalizations

Posted on 28th April, 2006

You read that right; Google has taken the relationship with webmasters into another level by starting a trial program to notify some webmasters if their sites have been penalized.

Only catch is that you’ll need to sign up for Google Sitemaps service. But I wouldn’t call that a catch. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend you to sign up with Google Sitemaps service.

Matt Cuff writes in his blog:

Google’s Webspam team is working with our Sitemaps team to alert some (but not all) site owners of penalties for their site. In my world (webmasters), this is both a Big Deal and a Good Thing, even though it’s still an experiment. Sign up for Sitemaps to try it out. Oh, and the Sitemaps team introduced a bunch more new and helpful features too. Check out the Sitemaps Blog for more info.

Further in the post, Matt writes:

The Webspam team and the Sitemaps team have been working together for several months on a new approach: we are now alerting some sites that they have penalties via the webmaster console in Sitemaps. For example, if you verify your site in Sitemaps and then are penalized by the webspam team for hidden text on your pages, we may explicitly confirm a penalty and offer you a reinclusion request specifically for that site.

Google move to collaborate with webmasters/SEOs more closely will benefit both parties in the long run. It’ll improve the quality of its search results and further enhance the already good branding effect Google is currently enjoying because of this transparency.

Then, the rest of the pack will again have start to playing catch up.

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