Leaked Google Quality Guidelines
If you've been looking for the recently leaked Google Quality Guidelines then look no more. You can read the entire 125 page document here:
It is believed that these guidelines were written in order to help train Google employees on how to rate websites as quality or not. These guidelines are likely an integral part of how the Google algorithm gets adjusted. As quality raters determine how to tell which sites are spam and which are top notch quality, more and more tweaks to the algorithm happen.
Personally I don't think that these guidelines were "leaked" at all. I think that it's in Google's best interest to have webmasters trying to produce quality stuff. So what would get their attention more - publishing a document with quality guidelines or publishing a top secret leaked internal document? Also...isn't it a little strange that every single site that has published the guidelines has been asked to take it down, yet the site I've linked to is allowed to keep it up. Perhaps Google is keeping track of who links to this site? I dunno. Something seems weird to me.
Regardless, if you own a website then the information in this document can be very important to help you rank better on Google! If you don't want to read the whole thing, we would suggest focusing on section 4 regarding Webspam.
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