90% of Webmaster Tools Alerts Are Black Hat Related

In the thousands of Google Webmaster Tools alerts and messages that are sent each month, about 90% of those are estimated to be black hat related. Another stat that’s interesting is about 3% are notifications of a hacked site; chances are, you’ve seen pharma spam in the SERP results that lead to a normal-looking page. That same 3% covers malware-infected sites, too. Check out the video for Matt Cutts’ take on these alerts.

What we’re interested in knowing is what percent of notifications are for non-spam/non-black hat issues? Does this mean that webmasters are doing better at keeping a solid, optimized site? Is the popularity of good CMS software helping site owners adhere to standards easier?

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

About Christopher Smith

Chris founded DesignBigger in 2009. He helps build client SEM strategy, handles WordPress programming, and loves a good IPA. Follow him on Google or Twitter.

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