Google Cuts Remove-Malware Traffic by 75% – Considers My Site “Web Spam”

You may or may not know that on April 24th Google released their algorithm update called Penguin.  Penguin was designed to punish websites that are google-penguin-updateconsidered webspam.  Somehow this blog has been lumped into the webspam category of this nutty penguin.  Overnight, my traffic from Google dropped by 75%.  

Ya know, I’ve worked really hard on over the years and it really pisses me off that Google considers this site “low quality spam”.

I’ve helped hundreds of thousands of people to protect and remove malware, all for free btw.  I’ve checked to see who is ranking for the keywords I used to rank for…total crap.  Sites that offer poor advice or are trying to sell some grayware (like some craptastic registry cleaner).  

Google says they want quality sites.  Between this blog and my youtube channel that’s what I’ve given them. is not webspam Google.  We don’t keyword stuff and we aren’t selling links.  

Lift our penalty!

/end RANT…



21 Responses to Google Cuts Remove-Malware Traffic by 75% – Considers My Site “Web Spam”

  1. Adam May 2, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    If it makes you feel any better, I have your site in a folder called “checkup” on my firefox bookmark bar. I check the site once a day. 🙂

    • mrizos May 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

      Yes Adam, that made my day! Thanks!

      • estechguy May 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

        Even better yet your favicon for your site is the first thing from the left in my chrome browser bookmarks bar. 😉

  2. googoo1876 May 2, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    Now this is BS

    • mrizos May 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm #


  3. Warren Clyde May 2, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Surely there is a way of contacting Google to sort this out. Don’t just rant about it Matt, Doing something about it!

    • mrizos May 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

      I did file a reconsideration request, the first time Google has offered one…hmmm…wonder why 😉

  4. Dave May 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I sure love this site Matt(it’s awesome), keep up the good work!

    • mrizos May 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

      Thanks Dave, I will.

  5. MHazell May 2, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Sad to hear. I really hope Google doesn’t mark my site as spam. That would sound odd because they power my site….

  6. Henk Bekker May 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    All the way from Crete in Europe, I use your site as the basics for my ongoing training in malware removal. Every day I take a peek to see what’s new. Matt, please note that your effort to train us out there is highly appreciated.

    • mrizos May 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      Thank Henk, I really appreciate the kind words.

  7. Chitoramos May 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Good for you Matt Rizos…you deserve that “putang demonyo ka!!!

  8. Chitoramos May 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Mga Haliparot…na mga pugarot!!!!na mga pugaot…..pakaka sa mga alipores ko na mga pugarot….Hindutan tayo Matt Rizos…..hindutan tayo..Matt Rizos…o kaya naman jakolin mo ang betlog ng tatay mo…

  9. Chitoramos May 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    HEHEHEEHE….sa wakas katapusan mo na Matt Rizos…Demonyo ka na pugarot…hahahahaaa

  10. Xystren May 8, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    I’m sorry to hear that google had yet again bugger up their search result quality. Fortunately I have you bookmarked and rarely go through google at all.

    In the past couple years, I have become more and more disappointed with google – they have created their own bubble of results to which “they” think I want. All too regularly now I’m looking for flowers to send to my mom on her b-day and I want to use a local shop to them (I’m in chicago, they are in Victoria, BC) and searching for a florist in victoria from chicago has become a complete impossibility. It seems that google think that since I’m located in chicago (by the location of my IP address), that I absolutely couldn’t be interested in finding something outside of where I happen to be searching from….

    In my mind, google has become more of a pain than its usefulness – but unfortunately has become so entrenched in out lives

    Matt, I truly hope that the review process works for you. [note to google: this is not spam] has consistently been reliable site to find out what’s happening in the malware universe. Regardless of what google thinks, your site is greatly appreciated!


    • Inferdramon May 11, 2012 at 2:18 am #

      Fortunately not all search engines “bubble” their users. My current fav search engine, DuckDuckGo, doesn’t do that.

  11. BraveRaymondShaw May 8, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    I’ve been a longtime reader/watcher, but I’ve never posted until now. I will continue to visit the site regardless of how Google classifies it and I hope others will too. You provide a valuable service by keeping a great number of people informed and your site should be lauded, not disparaged by Google of all things. Good luck, hopefully you’ll get taken off the blacklist!

  12. Inferdramon May 11, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    I don’t use Google search as much as I used to. I have recently switched to DuckDuckGo, which has a much better respect for privacy, has some more options than Google, and isn’t as cluttered as Google Search is.

  13. Bo May 19, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    Matt – Late to the party, but I will do my part to help. I’ve been letting Google frustrate me during searches for long enough. finally thinking about switching after reading this. Will Try

    Please let me know how to send Google a nasty customer response concerning their poor decision.

  14. DrStan June 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Google is spyware.

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