Has Google hosted malware? SafeBrowsing says: Yes

Screen shot of Google.com on Google SafeBrowsing tool

Screen shot of Google.com on Google SafeBrowsing tool - CLICK, ENLARGE and READ

It all happened unintentionally. I was trying to find out if a particular site has hosted malicious software, acted as an intermediary for further distribution of malware, etc. using the SafeBrowsing Tool of Google, which is now part of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

But, absentmindedly I typed Google.com instead of the site I was supposed to test. So, I landed up at: http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=google.com

Within seconds I got the results, which I found to be funny as well as thought-provoking. So here it goes partly (read the full report in the screen shot above – CLICK to ENLARGE IT):

Safe Browsing: Diagnostic page for google.com

The first question: What is the current listing status for google.com? In the standard readymade language it says: “not currently listed as suspicious”.

The second question: What happened when Google visited this site?

The answer is truly amazing as it does not exclude Google from its diagnostic results, and it says, “over the past 90 days, 16 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent” (read the rest from the screen shot above, or make a real-time check of SafeBrowsing for Google.com).

The diagnostic result further says the malicious software included: “232 trojan(s), 71 exploit(s), 15 worm(s)”, and lists further damages and “Successful infection” on target machines, and more such details.

And Google says: “13 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries” for malware distribution that includes an SEO firm, and an advertising company working on a similar style as Google AdSense.

Also the diagnostic report says Google.com appeared “to function as an intermediary for the infection of 35 site(s)” and lists some of them.

And the next question is: Has this site hosted malware? And the emphatic answer is: “Yes, this site has hosted malicious software over the past 90 days. It infected 153 domain(s), including…” and lists some of the infected sites.

And here comes the most interesting part: “Next steps: If you are the owner of this web site, you can request a review of your site using Google Webmaster Tools”.

So, is google.com going to request a review of itself using Google Webmaster Tools?
And the most important question that comes to my mind is: If Google can get this report, can’t they tighten the security measures and prevent further distribution of malware and Trojans?

Does the Google algorithm update fight content farms?

As you already know, there have been some recent changes in Google algorithms aimed at providing better search results for Google searches. I have read various reports, blog posts and all sorts of nondescript stuff on it.

Some of the articles I went through say that the Google algorithm change is targeted against content farms that mass-produce highly search-relevant articles and other stuff including videos. It is argued that Google seeks to reduce the rankings of such sites, and bring high-quality original content on the top of Google search results.

Google search-users might not have felt the difference, because the change in the effect of the new algorithm may take some time, as new search indexing replaces the already indexed pages in the cache. As Google claims to improve the user-experience with every change in algorithms, most people are of the opinion that the change will produce better results by booting out content farms.

There are others who feel that it can turn out for the worse, because the search results that were way down the front pages of the SERPs may replace some of the top results. These can be sites that had low-quality content as determined by the previous Google algorithm updates.

If high-quality content comes up in the top searches, and Google actually reduces the relevance of content farms on top search results, the real beneficiaries will be those people who produce top quality original content, and it can include bloggers, journalists, researchers, and others who regularly bring out original content.

What are content farms?

First of all Google does not say that the new algorithm update is aimed against content farms. All it refers to is low-quality content. But most people in the know-of-things say that the change is aimed against content farms.

As the name suggests, content farms are websites that publish large quantity of content that are optimized for top search rankings, but the content may not be original, or of top quality. These companies aim at high advertising revenue, as they top in searches and get heavy organic traffic.

They usually hire content writers paying as low as $5 per article (of say 500 words); whereas a journalist or a content writer or copy-writer may charge in hundreds of dollars per article. But the people writing for content farms also make good amount of money by writing several articles a day from data collected from several original sources.

Such mass-produced articles are published by sites or companies that are known as content farms. Highly optimized content (because they too use some algorithms to find out the highly paying keywords using which the articles are written), coupled with large number of pages published by them help them come on top of the results for most of the high-paying keywords and keyword phrases. Such search results brings them huge advertising revenue.

Video: How to Generate AdSense Ad Code

Well, I think the masters of making money with Google AdSense may feel it is silly to place a video from Google telling you how to do simple things like creating and placing AdSense ads on your website or blog. But I feel it otherwise! For instance, it was three years ago that I had the first taste of enjoying “FREE MONEY”, after having websites and blogs for many years.

To narrate my first experience in trying to generate money from targeted content-based advertising from my sites/blogs, I have to tell you something that I feel is foolish today.

The first time I thought of AdSense was in 2006 when I set up my own website with my own domain name, hosting, etc., after wasting time with several free sub-domains and free home pages. In fact I was not business-minded, or I had no one to tell me what to do. So, I just searched for services like AdSense and reached Google’s AdSense site. I filled up the form opened my account and placed a banner ad on a couple of pages and relaxed. I used to check up my AdSense account and found that nothing was being credited.

I was disappointed first! Then I stopped checking my AdSense account and then one fine morning I removed the AdSense ad codes too from my site.

After six months or so, when I had a sizeable number of visitors to my blogs, say about 100,000 hits per month, I just placed a tower ad in my blog and, checked if it was working or any one had clicked any of the ads. To my surprise, within a few minutes I had a few clicks and about $1 was credited to my account. I was on cloud nine, not because of $1, but because it told me for certain that I can make good amount of money from AdSense.

From then onwards, I spent a few hours per day to read about AdSense and watch videos like the above one to understand how the whole thing works. And I placed Ads sensibly and I have never looked back again.

What I did initially was wrong placement of ads and not placing them enough where it matters. I hope this helps you. I would like to learn more from those who are knowledgeable and tell beginners how to make money from Google AdSense, even while you are sleeping or on a holiday with your family, girlfriend, or boyfriend!

So, watch the video and understand for yourself. It is very simple. Still, if you have doubts, please let me know. I will help you. Just leave a message if you have problems, or use the comment box to write your problems. You will get my reply within 24 hours!