What is Considered Spam?

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In recent days I have seen many posts on MC dedicated to the word Spam. What exactly is considered Spam? Who decides if its Spam?

Google defines spam as "trying to deceive (spam) our web crawler by means of hidden text, deceptive cloaking or doorway pages." You can report sites you suspect of spam at Google's Report A Spam Result page.

Yahoo defines spam as "pages (that) are created deliberately to trick the search engine into offering inappropriate, redundant or poor-quality search results." They have a pretty extensive list of what techniques they consider spam at their Yahoo Search Technology Content Quality Guidelines page.

MSN Search gives a few spamming techniques "discouraged" by MSN Search; among them are keyword stuffing, invisible text, or false links.

Ask defines spam as "the practice of purposely deceiving a search engine into returning a result that is unrelated to a user’s query, or that is ranked artificially high in the result set." They give quite a few examples of search engine spam.

Who decides what is spam greatly depends on who you are talking to and who is reading the email, posts, blogs or other sources that are considered high target areas of “Spam”. That would also depend on what site you are on and what the guidelines are for that site. I think we are all here to obtain correct information on one topic or another or we wouldn’t be here but, what I consider Spam, might not be considered Spam to you.

As we take steps forward to promote our business, promote business associations and affiliates, one thing we must keep in mind. When our friends post blogs, coupons or other activities in our networks, if we do not want to read about it, simply scroll down to the next topic. I think we all have enough on our plates just keeping up with what WE are doing ourselves to promote our own business. I for one I commend everyone who has the time management skills to promote with blogs and forum postings and still keep up with day to day business affairs. Share your thoughts on on what you personally consider spam and what you feel helps minimize content being categorized as spam.
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After all these years online - over 12 - I never really knew the actual definition of spam until now! Thanks for pointing out what spam means and this part is perfect:
When our friends post blogs, coupons or other activities in our networks, if we do not want to read about it, simply scroll down to the next topic.

Spam seems to be a link to any item you profit from, directly or indirectly whether it's an answer to someone's question, prayer or something new and improved that people would want to know about - if only someone could tell everyone without being accused of deviant and terrible bad acts.

It all boils down to your "motive" - even when we tell lies!!
http://www.ez-1.net/liars

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You are more than welcome Leah, we just want to make sure that all users are aware of what spam is and how it can impact the placement of your business in local search. Hope you are having a great Monday!

Best,

David Gwynn
MerchantCircle