SEOmoz is working on their own spam detection project...
SEOmoz is working on software to add to their toolset to help SEOs determine if their pages or competitors pages are spammy in nature. If SEOmoz can figure it out, the purpose would be to tell webmasters and SEOs that Google probably figured it out and thus the links and content on those pages classified as spammy are probably not worth much.
Rand explained that if they classify it as spam, "we're pretty sure Google would call webspam."
Continued at: http://www.seroundtable.com/seo-spam...ion-15118.html
What do you guys think?
For mine. 2 things bother me about the project.
1. Rand's statement that if his project classifies it as spam he's pretty sure Google will. That is a grandiose assumption
. That is like saying he knows exactly how Google detects spam and will be using those exact same methods to produce his project. Rand gets into situations where he makes statements where he seems like he thinks he is a lot more important than he really is. He's done this before in relation to the directory industry, and when asked to provide facts and evidence all he could say in response was that it was "his opinion" and that other's should proceed based on their own experiences. That doesn't seem real concrete to me. It sounds like strong marketing speak, followed by wafer thing actual reporting. Not convincing.
2. Intentions. Even if SEOmoz has the best intentions here --- i.e. to provide a private spam detection tool which will help webmasters/SEOs identify which websites/links/pages in their link profile could be low quality or have spam-indicators --- the problem will come when people use a mob mentality to force them to start outing people. Suddenly best intentions turn into scapegoating, backstabbing and ruined lived. Let's not forget that many people rely on their businesses for their livelihood and being classified as a spammer (whether legitimate or not) could ruin their life.
To take point 2 one step further... There are many bricks 'n' mortar businesses in real life that are considered scammy/spammy. How about that last electricity/internet/phone bill you got. Hang on, I didn't subscribe to that how come there's a $20 charge for this on my bill.. What's that $42 charge for? How about pest control services? A guy comes around with a stick and taps all the walls in your house and then hands you a bill for a couple of hundred bucks and says you don't have any pests.
I think SEOmoz are going to open up a giant can of worms by going down this road. As one commentator said, I think they should leave the "policing of search results" to the search engines themselves.