Google claims to have taken action on nearly 90,000 user reports of spam in Google Search in 2017, and has now asked more users to help it spot and block spam.

In a blog post on 8 June. Juan Felipe Rincon, Global Search Outreach Lead at Google, said Google’s automated Artificial Intelligence-based systems were constantly working to detect and block spam.

“Still, we always welcome hearing from you when something seems … phishy,” he said.

According to Rincon, the tech giant was able to detect and remove more than 80 per cent of “compromised sites” from Google Search results last year, to reduce the impact on users from hacked websites. “We’re also working closely with many providers of popular content management systems like WordPress and Joomla to help them fight spammers that abuse forums and comment sections,” he said in the blog post.

Stating that reporting spam, malware and other issues helps Google protect the site owner and other searchers, Rincon said, “You can file a spam report, a phishing report or a malware report. You can also alert us to any issue with Google search by clicking on the ‘Send feedback’ link at the bottom of the search results page.”

This is how a user can report “Webspam” — pages that try to trick Google into ranking them highly.

Webspam report

Last year, Google sent over 45 million notifications to registered website owners, alerting them to possible problems with their websites which could affect their appearance in search.

“Just as Gmail fights email spam and keeps it out of your inbox, our search spam fighting systems work to keep your search results clean,” Rincon said.

In 2017, Google conducted over 250 webmaster meetups and office hours around the world reaching more than 220,000 website owners.

“Last year, we sent 6 million manual action messages to webmasters about practices we identified that were against our guidelines, along with information on how to resolve the issue,” the Google executive said.