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Eight things you can do to avoid website vandalism

If your web pages contain spam, Google
might penalize your website and your rankings might drop. In addition,
you won’t make a good impression on your website visitors if your web
pages contain spam.

avoid website vandalism

If your website contains a blog or a
public forum, chances are that spammers will try to abuse your website
by posting deceiving content and links. Google recently gave some
advice on what you can do to avoid user generated spam on your website:

1.
Secure your website forum by keeping your forum and blog software
updated and patched

Spammers take advantage of
security issues in older versions. For that reason, it is important
that you keep your software up-to-date.

2.
Use CAPTCHAs to block robots

In general, spam is created by
automated robots. A CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to
tell Computers and Humans Apart) requires users to prove that they are
human beings before posting something on your site. A popular CAPTCHA
service is Google’s reCAPTCHA.

3.
Block suspicious behavior and check the top posters

Set time limits between posts and
block excessive traffic from
individual IP addresses. There are other activities that distinguish
automated bots from human beings. Most forum platforms offer
configurations that automatically block suspicious behavior.

If a new user has an excessive amount
of posts, it’s a good idea to
check these posts to make sure that they are not spammy.

4.
Disable some types of comments

You might disable comments on old blog
posts of forum entries. It is
unlikely that very old entries get legitimate replies. If your forum is
only an archive, you can disable comments completely.

5.
Use the moderation features of your blog and forum software

For example, users might be required
to have a certain reputation
before they can post links. Anonymous posting should be disabled
completely. Posts from new users should require approval before they
are publicly visible. Most blog and forum tools offer such a feature.

6.
Blacklist obviously spammy terms

If you find out that many spam entries
on your site contain the same
words, block these words. Most forums and blog tools offer features
that enable you to automatically mark posts with particular words as
spam.

7.
Use the rel=nofollow attribute for links in user generated content

By default, most blog tools
automatically add the rel=nofollow
attribute to user generated links. Nofollow links will deter spammers
from targeting your site.

8.
Use anti-spam plugins

In addition to the above, anti-spam
plugins can help you to keep your
blog and forums spam-free. A popular anti-spam service that offers
plugins for many blog and forum systems is Akismet.

User-generated spam can have a
negative effect on the rankings of your web pages. For that reason, you
should make sure that this does not happen.

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GoogleUnconfirmed Google algorithm
update may be better at discounting links and spam

“Did
Google update their Penguin algorithm? Did Google block private blog
network links? […]

The update seems to have happened around February 1, 2017. It may have
been a tweak to how Google Penguin detects and discounts spammy links,
or it may be a totally new algorithm.”

Google
Japan releases a new ranking algorithm

Google
Japan has released a new algorithm that targets low quality websites.
This might be an addition to Google’s Panda algorithm, or a new filter
for low quality pages in Japanese.

This is not related to Google other algorithm update that targets low
quality links and link networks. It only applies to Japanese sites.

StatisticsDesktop
search remains very important

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