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Google Maps 2021 Spam Efforts Include 100 Million Fraudulent & Abusive Blocks



Google Maps 2021 Spam Efforts Include 100 Million Fraudulent & Abusive Blocks


Google announced its 2021 Google Maps and Google Business Profile spam fighting efforts, like it did for the 2020 year. Google said it blocked more than 100 million Business Profile edits and protected over 100 thousand businesses from suspicious activity and abuse attempts.

Google has been trying hard to portray a better image for its Google Maps quality efforts recently and here are some highlights of those efforts:

  • 100 million fraudulent and abusive Google Business Profile edits were blocked
  • 7 million fake Google Business Profile were removed
  • 12 million fake Google Business Profile were prevented from being created
  • 8 million fraudulent attempts to claim Google Business Profiles were prevented
  • 1 million accounts were disabled for policy violation
  • 95 million policy violating reviews were blocked or removed
  • 190 million photos were blocked or removed
  • 5 million videos were removed for content policy reasons

Google also boasted that “less than one percent” of all the content that is viewed on Maps were fraudulent or abusive.

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Daily Search Forum Recap: September 30, 2022



Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Google is testing “more like this” star feature, the things to know box on the right side and the product panels with shaded backgrounds. Google said sometimes a brand becomes so popular it will rank above the general meaning of the word in Google Search. Page speed issues won’t lead to your site being removed from Google. I also posted my weekly SEO video recap – with a cold and cough.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

Other Great Search Threads:

Search Engine Land Stories:

Other Great Search Stories:


Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice




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