Google alerting webmasters about suspicious links to their web pages

Matt Cutts has revealed in a post that Google is now alerting webmasters about unnatural links pointing to their content.

These messages are delivered to publishers who have registered their domains in Google Webmaster Tools.

Cutts said:

If you received a message yesterday about unnatural links to your site, don’t panic. In the past, these messages were sent when we took action on a site as a whole. Yesterday, we took another step towards more transparency and began sending messages when we distrust some individual links to a site. While it’s possible for this to indicate potential spammy activity by the site, it can also have innocent reasons. For example, we may take this kind of targeted action to distrust hacked links pointing to an innocent site. The innocent site will get the message as we move towards more transparency, but it’s not necessarily something that you automatically need to worry about.

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