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You have reported a bad site on Google Webmaster Tools SPAM report.

Assuming you are sure it was a bad site, did you see Google punishing it or doing something after your report?


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Made this community wiki since there isn't a right answer – John Conde Oct 29 '10 at 11:49
It's true, I did not thought about it. – Marco Demaio Oct 29 '10 at 20:58

I did once, for a site which had lots of hidden links.

I received no acknowledgment, but within 7 days the offending site disappeared from the front page of results (I didn't check how far down they slipped, they may well have disappeared altogether) they re-appeared 6-7 weeks later, slightly further down the first page with the hidden links removed.

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The system works! Though I personally prefer the personalized search Google used to offer, where you could choose to hide a website from all your future search results. It takes less time than filing a report, and if Google added a "mark as spam" button (since sometimes you might hide a site that is irrelevant to your search, but not spam) they could apply the same type of collaborative filtering that Gmail uses to filter out spam. – Lèse majesté Oct 29 '10 at 13:15

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