Google has announced on December 14, 2022 the
as one of the few official link spam updates we recall for years.
And it uses SpamBrain.
UPDATE: Google has announced the LinkSpam Update finished on January 12, 2023
This quite new, as Google has labeled everything happening around link penalties as “Core update” for years now.
And Penguin-based Link Spam updates moved to the Google Core end of 2016.
Google say, that they are using their SpamBrain system to detect spam directly.
Google also say that SpamBrain can now detect both:
Of course, that was the claim of all the prior link-based penalty filters, even before Google Penguin, and we’ve been around for… cough
…long enough to have heard them all.. :-)
It also just shows and confirms once again, how dependent Google is on links.
Gary Illyes said it it 2016 already, Ranking without links is really, really hard. Yes, the external links.
Have you been hit?
If yes, sorry to hear that.
Would you be interested in helping our research, to gain some insights? We would like to include you in my research, of course using our Link Detox®, part of the LRT Suite.
We are currently just working in fine-tuning and recalibrating again, so that’s a great timing for us.
If yes, just let us know via the contact form. We’ll get back with some questions.
@johnmu confirmed that this it is not a Manual Action.
No, it’s not a manual action.
No, it's not a manual action.— johnmu likes 🥚 staplers 🥚 (@JohnMu) December 14, 2022
@searchliaison confirmed that this is the first time Google uses SpamBrain for link spam.
It’s possible we’ve used it in some edge / minor situations, but this is the first real implementation of it for link spam (hence why we did a post about it)
"it can now detect both sites buying links" fro m our post covers this. It's possible we've used it in some edge / minor situations, but this is the first real implementation of it for link spam (hence why we did a post about it) https://t.co/LLngrATiLV— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) December 14, 2022
Do you feel this will need you to tweak any algorithms within LRT? Would be interesting to see how it affects some sites and how they compare against the LRT toxicity and LRT Trust.
Yes, we think so.
In fact we’re just working on recalibrating things, once again…
so that is very interesting timing for us, too.
90% of the websites this SEO manages have changed
Absolutely yes with 90% of the websites I've managed. 😑— Carchesio Luca (@SearchWebCoach) December 15, 2022
If ever there was a time to disavow, the moment is now. 🤯
If ever there was a time to disavow, the moment is now. 🤯 https://t.co/WgBymX9VXE— Roger Montti (@martinibuster) December 15, 2022
A lot of users on Twitter expressed their concerns about the update.
Oh good "Penguin" with machine learning. Let's take one of the most unethical algos in the history of @Google combine it with all the accuracy issues of ML & roll it out the last days of the holiday buying season.— Kristine (@Schachin on Spoutible too) 🇺🇦 (@schachin) December 14, 2022
Unbelievable. #Google #SEO #Search
Everytime Google launches an #seo update, most of my websites’ organic rankings and traffic shhot up, so keep them coming please 🙏
Everytime Google launches an #seo update, most of my websites' organic rankings and traffic shhot up, so keep them coming please 🙏— Barrie Smith (@barriesmithii) December 15, 2022
In the meantime, I'll get on with my PPC work 😇 https://t.co/9MSGMvZZl9
Lo unico que importa de todo esto es que LOS BACKLINKS siguen siendo de los factores mas importantes… Lo demas son adornos
The only thing that matters in all this is that THE BACKLINKS continue to be one of the most important factors… The rest are decorations
Lo unico que importa de todo esto es que LOS BACKLINKS siguen siendo de los factores mas importantes... Lo demas son adornos— Harold Crow (@harold_crow) December 15, 2022
Is the Link Spam Update December 2022 a Manual Action?
John Muller of Google confirmed that the Link Spam Update December 2022 it is not a Manual Action.
Was SpamBrain used by Google for Link Spam before?
Searchliaison (Danny Sullivan) confirmed that this is the first time Google uses SpamBrain for link spam.
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