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Friday, December 01, 2006

Report Spam to Google with Firefox Extension

SpamReport is a Firefox extension that lets you report search engine spam to Google in two clicks. You've likely encountered these spam sites in your search results when you clicked on a promising link that led you to a site that had nothing to do with what you were searching for. Previously, to report a site, you had to fill out a form and enter the original Google query, the URL of the page where results were displayed, and the suspicious page URL. A long and tedious process that probably discouraged many users from submitting a report.

Now, SpamReport fills in most of the fields for you, simplifying the process. However, I foresee this tool being used maliciously by webmasters looking to take out the competition. Adding a CAPTCHA to the form would be the easiest way to cut down on false reports.


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