A Chrome extension for reporting webspam

Monday, November 08, 2010

At Google, we continually strive to improve our algorithms to keep search results relevant and clean. You have been supporting us on this mission by sending spam reports for websites that violate our Webmaster Guidelines, using the spam report form in Google Webmaster Tools. While you might not see changes right away, we take your reports seriously and use them to fine-tune our algorithms—the feedback is much appreciated and helps us to protect the integrity of our search results. We also take manual action on many of these spam reports. A recent blog post covers more information on how to identify webspam.

For those of you who regularly report spam, or would like to do so, we've now published a Chrome extension for reporting spam that makes the process more convenient and simple. The extension adds "Report spam" links to search results and your Web History, taking you directly to the spam report form and autocompleting some form fields for you. With this extension, Google's spam report form is always just one click away.

Example of how the link for reporting spam may appear in Search results

The Google Webspam Report Chrome extension provides further tools to help you quickly fill out a spam report:

  • a browser button to report the currently viewed page
  • an option to retrieve recent Google searches from your Chrome history
  • an option to retrieve recently visited URLs from your Chrome history

As before, you need to be logged into your Google Account to report spam. You can find a more detailed walkthrough of the use cases and features in this presentation and on the Chrome Extensions Gallery page, where you can also provide feedback and suggestions. We hope that you find this extension useful and that you continue to help us fight spam.

The extension is available in 16 languages. If your Chrome browser is set to a language supported by the extension, it will automatically use the localized version, otherwise defaulting to English.