Google has something new again: Warning

Last Update: June 19, 2019

Google Chrome has a new extension called

"Suspicious Site Reporter"

and flags all sites that they believe are suspicious.

It must lead to a "safer internet".

The flag changes color the moment something strange is going on, according to Google.

  • Green is okay
  • Orange is suspicious
  • Red is Hooo Nooo!

You can send info to Google from sites you believe they are not safe, and send screenshots too. Google says that they will warn visitors when an URL is changed, or when there might be phishing pratices on a website. That's not wrong, I think... but sensitive for frauduleus actions

But Google goes one step further

From now on, with every user of this extension in the browser, all websites are flagged orange via this extension if the website is not one of the

5000 most visited websites

Are we all colored for this moment!

I have activated this extension and removed it again, you can do so too and report this extension as abuse!



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Debs66 Premium
Thank you Loes. I have seen this but not got the extension.
I am quite happy to follow what goes on first.

I always value your support here the same as with Marion.
I know what I get with you ladies is the truth.

If you are not using it then that is good enough for me.

Please keep us updated.

Thank you so much again, Loes. You are gem :)
Debs :)
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Loes Premium
Thanks Deb, I sure not use this, I even have send an email to out government, that their website is flagged bij Google, and that this is discriminating and not allowed by law
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50isthenew21 Premium
Thank you for your post ... am I getting this correct ??

There are 1.5 billion websites in the world according to Google only 5000 of them are OK the rest are either supicious or down right oh noo !
What happened to innocent until proven guilty ??
If this was applied to humanity as whole there would be uproar

Also the reporting system is open to abuse as some unscrupulous people will report their competitiors.
Strange how there's no way to send a "good" report for a site at least in trip advisor you get that !!

Anyway enough ranting I'm off to look at some suspicious or ohh no sites !! he he :)
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ThatGuyDev Premium
While 5000 does feel a bit low, I do feel it is safe to say the vast majority of the internet is not safe. Most websites have not adoped HTTPS, loads of sites are no longer monitored and have been hacked into and then there are sites that are just blatantly malicious. I've found, with the internet, it is better to have a guilty until proven innocent mentality. The web is a much safer place that way lol
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Loes Premium
Yes that's correct, that's exactly what this extension does and it made me mad too 👿
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Loes Premium
All my sites are flagged with this, they are all https, this is very unfair
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Jenna11 Premium
Very important information, Loes! Thank you for sharing!
I don't see any flag right now. Probably after an update?

So, what do I do? When I see it, remove it? And report abuse?

If many users would do it, then maybe G would remove the extension again???

Thank you for your support!
Aloha, Jenna
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Loes Premium
You will not see a flag, if you don't have added the extension. I surely do not hope that Chrome is adding this default to the browser
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Jenna11 Premium
Gottcha!
You see it only if you by an update added it. Means, everybody who has the extension sees my site flagged ...

Can I report abuse without having added it?
Thank you, Loes!
Aloha, Jenna
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Dhind1 Premium
This will appeal to xenophobic personalities around the world. We can only hope that the average joe does not hear about it and when they do they research it enough to know it is not for them. No doubt Google has found a way to make $ out of this as you say below.
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Loes Premium
Google pushes the top sites up and all other sites down with this extension, I believe is discriminating and against the law to flag for this reason
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gartnerf Premium
Thanks for sharing Loes! This really doesn't make sense. There are a handful of Internet sites that will be always be in the green just because of their size. Does it always make them "safe"?

However, there will be millions of perfectly legitimate sites that will always be in the orange because of their size. Does that make any more "safe" or "unsafe" than the green ones?

What makes the red sites "unsafe"?

What will Google do with all the reports of reported flagged sites? Are they really safeguarding us from "bad sites" on the Internet or providing job security for Google?

Wish we knew more about this perceived change in "Internet safety" and how it may negatively affect millions of smaller legitimate sites just trying to make a living or provide valuable information.
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Loes Premium
I find this extension discriminating and against the law
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PediaDar Premium
Thanks for sharing Loes. And yes, I think this is too much!

I wonder if this is a Google strategy to make new websites pay for advertising. It seems familiar with what happened recently with Pinterest after going public.

I don't know, I'm just trying to understand this crazy decision.

Cheers,
Darmendra.
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Loes Premium
My thoughts are, that this is a try-out, to see what reactions they get, and when we do not protest against it and add it massively, that they incorporated it into the Google browser as a "service"
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Freedomseekr Premium
Wow, good to know Loes! I don't use Chrome, but this is good to know what's going on...definitely not good in my opinion. Just because a site isn't up in the top 5000 most visited sites is no reason to flag a site as suspicious.

This won't help any new sites at all in being visited if they're being flagged like this...and, to me it looks like they're wanting to only keep those that are already giants to only get bigger... limiting people to visit only those sites...there goes any new ideas!

Well, this certainly doesn't make me want to use Chrome or its extension, lol. I hope this is put out of play soon!

Thanks for sharing!
Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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Loes Premium
I hope so too Sherry, this is outrageous
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McWord Premium
As a non-Chrome user, I don't currently have access to the extension. One thing that concerns me, however, is whether there are safeguards to prevent those who have a problem with a site (content, personal bias, etc.) from utilizing the extension to report a site that otherwise would never have been reported?

Thanks for letting us know, Loes!

Best,

mitch
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Loes Premium
Yes, that worries me too, for now, I have reported this extension of Google to Google and told that their extension is abusive, discriminated and unacceptable
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DBlanchard Premium
I totally agree! It`s even Orange on the WordPress dashboard...It makes no sense!
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Loes Premium
It's insane
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DBlanchard Premium
Top 5k site! What the hell is going on! If you are not as BIG as them or Facebook you are suspicious??? Hopefully, people will understand that this makes no sense whatsoever!
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DBlanchard Premium
I just reported the extension as abusive, discriminating and unacceptable too!
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Loes Premium
Alrighty 👍
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Marley2016 Premium
Loes,

Not so sure I like this particular extension, might be
alright if you have young children and want to keep
them off of certain websites. But really there are
other ways to do that with parental controls. This
seems like another way big brother is watching over
us all :(

Thank you for making us all aware, you are the greatest!

Susie
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Loes Premium
This one is flagging every site with coloring pictures too, not advisable to get this extension.
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Marley2016 Premium
Loes,
Thanks, honey, you are the greatest!
Susie
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Loes Premium
You're very welcome 😀
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Kettei Premium
I've got to admit, I'm really disappointed in Google for releasing this nonsense. A site is suspicious because it's not in the top 5,000 websites? That's moronic.

If anyone wants to install this foolishness, here's the link to the Chrome webstore extension:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/suspicious-site-reporter/jknemblkbdhdcpllfgbfekkdciegfboi/related
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Loes Premium
That's the word! Moronic!
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RussellO1 Premium
In my view this may appear as a good thing but it can prove quite harmful in cases where people disagree with your content.

I think of political circumstances, religious belief or even in the health niche. If an influential group do not agree with or like your position, all they have to do is get enoough people to report your site and you are bounced off the web.

In ever increasinng rates I observe the clamping down on freedom of expression and of the press. For me this is disturbing. But I also know why and from whom its coming.
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Loes Premium
How can it be a good thing, when even wealthyaffiliate.com is flagged, we all lead people to this website
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akolipenouko Premium
Is this going to lead to war of competitors with each flagging the other's websites?

I'm clutching my head in pain!
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Loes Premium
It is certainly a possibility to eliminate your competition. You can see this on FB already, and on Youtube, my video was flagged and removed. I had to contact YouTube and after that, they added it to my channel again.
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akolipenouko Premium
Good you fought to have your video back on YouTube. Some of us would have thought that site too powerful to confront.

I think sometimes the problem comes from their algorithythms.
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Loes Premium
Yes, that's the problem, when someone flags your video, it is taken offline by robots, and you have to complain about it to get it back on again
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nathaniell Premium
For now, Chrome is the best browser, but that will not always be the case. Just like Blockbuster used to be a staple in American lives, they lost the plot somewhere, and now there's only one left in the whole USA.

If Google makes changes which makes user experience worse, then people will move away.
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Loes Premium
I guess you are right, but this action of Google is discriminating and abusive to every website beneath the 5000, even WA is flagged, and that's not what we want when we want to sign-up people
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NWTDennis Premium
Sure hope we hear from Kyle and Carson on this.
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Loes Premium
I just checked our official Dutch Government website, it's flagged too. I have sent them a message and told them that this is discriminating and by law not allowed
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techhound Premium
It seems like something that will eventually work itself out. First, searchers aren't stupid. They'll get tired of seeing the same results of big companies after a while. They'll catch on and either uninstall the option or ignore it. How many people actually pay attention to those rediculous GDPR notifications these days?

Second, it could be a case of the Big G biting the hand that feeds it. After all, if you are small player who uses Adwords to advertise and when you send traffic that contains warnings, will you continue to advertise with them anymore? I know I would scrap my advertising in a heartbeat.

Just my two cents.
Best Regards,
Jim
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Loes Premium
Anyway, I have reported them to the Dutch authorities of Google
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lakbar12 Premium
Google is always changing something. I think this idea could be bad for some of us who aren't supicious.

Recently my FB page was shutdown due to someone or some people reporting my page as abusive. I followed the rules so, I don't get it.

So, in my opinion this feature might be used in the wrong ways.

I guess that is why I prefer Bing and Yahoo. They are less strict and more generous than Google, especially when it comes to rankings.

Thanks, Loes for sharing this update and keepong us on our toes.
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Loes Premium
Even the wealthyaffiliate.com website is flagged
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J-KWest Premium
More than anything, this will probably just end up being a tool for negative SEO. The higher you rank, the more reports you're going to get against your site.

And then, if you start falling in the rankings, you'll be suspicious of the sites that are climbing... especially if they have thin content. So those sites will get reported.

Google should call this their "crabs in a bucket" policy.
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Loes Premium
It sure will open possibilities for malicious people to report their competition and try to bring them in discredit.
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J-KWest Premium
Yep, and I imagine honest reviewers will be targeted in every niche too as companies and employees of those companies report sites that don't give them the highest praise.
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Surfdude123 Premium
Too many scammers looking for an easy buck. Affiliate marketers are looked at as schemers too because it's so random and anyone can do it. My site got flagged when I tried to run ads so yea the net might be this but huge universe of.opportunity but it's also full of desperate housewives/men looking to succeed. Learned in the Marine Corps success is earned not rewarded. Google is.probably just trying to control asshats.
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Loes Premium
Google might have the best intentions, but I doubt if this is the right way
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Jason T Premium
Think about all the fake news that gets millions of visitors. I think this is wrong because they aren't really investigating the content, they are giving the first page to popularity. I'm interested to see how this plays out with the 2020 elections coming up. Google has already expressed their hatred for the president, I wonder how many supporting sites of Trump will be marked as suspicious.
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Loes Premium
There are no normal websites in the top 5000
Those are Google, Baidu Yandex and other search engines, Most Social media sites, porn hubs, gambling sites, and shops like Amazon an Aliexpress, that are the sites who rank in the top 5000
https://www.alexa.com/topsites
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NWTDennis Premium
Be careful ... this thread is getting pretty close to one of Kyle's NO NOs.
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Fleeky Premium
Thank you!
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Loes Premium
You're most welcome :)
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MGaspary Premium
To me, it's no surprise why Google has to do that. Many suspicious sites have been appearing everywhere on the internet. As a leading search engine, certainly, Google has to do something to control that.

Which is why I have been encouraging people here on Wealthy Affiliate to write longer posts and more comprehensive ones to REALLY give NOTHING BUT HIGH-QUALITY content!

Still, others are trying. Some are doubting. But I will continue to encourage them to do so.

To keep safe, remember these:

1. Write at least 2,000 words.
2. Link only authority sites.
3. Write comprehensive articles on your website.
4. Don't stuff your website with keywords.
5. Be authentic by humanizing your brand via email marketing and social media marketing.
6. Build connections and introduce your brand.
7. Deliver your offers to your customers in the most authentic way possible. (use the #1 secret sauce to effective content).

If you have questions about my suggestions, feel free to send me a private message. I'll be delighted to help you out. :)

Mecyll
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marchanna Premium
Good advice overall, but I really think you are discounting the other significant reasons for Google's decision.
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MGaspary Premium
But still, it all boils down to how you fill content in your website. It's not about the SEO anymore. I've been writing online for 5 years now and I have seen how Google algorithm evolved. My writing, too, is tested over time. So, I am not really surprised why this is happening.
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marchanna Premium
Interesting, because there is a lot of training about SEO techniques on this site! Basically you are saying (in a nice way) that this training is a waste of time!

What I am saying not only about HOW it is written, but WHAT is written. All the content filling techniques won't mean anything if Google censors or bans you.

So I have to disagree.

Neither you nor I are surprised; we just have different ideas on the lack of surprise for each of us :)
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Loes Premium
That is good advice, but will not bring your site into the top 5000 level
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seesy62 Premium
AT this time of life if you aren't big, you are nobody!!!
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Loes Premium
Unfortunately:(
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PaulBoudreau Premium
Good Day, Loes.

Thanks for the heads-up.

Big Brother will soon be choosing our niche AND
breakfast cereal.

George, as in Orwell
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Loes Premium
When they see the opportunity to arrange that, sure!
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SaraPoyner Premium
Wow the big 'G' sure know how to screw you over! surely people will get to know that most sites are orange and just be weary of the red?
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Jason T Premium
It still puts a temporary hurting on the little guy just starting out.
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trymetoday Premium
Top 5000 out of how many millions I wonder in total of the websites on the planet internet.
Whats that as percentage 0.05% or similar I would guess.
Paul
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Loes Premium
Billions Paul, almost every site will receive an orange flag when people get this extension, well, that will decrease the importance of it...
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Amar-V Premium
open to people who who want to deliberately abuse the system. Google just causing more chaos without thinking, it all about the control, once again.
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Loes Premium
When every website gets this flag, we will get used to it and it will be overlooked by everyone and will lose its value
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marchanna Premium
This is also about Google trying to control content and user choices as if people can't make up their own minds...

If you are one of the top 5000 and they don't like your content, as you say, 'according to google,' politically (or otherwise), they can still flag it as suspicious!

I basically refuse to use Facebook and Twitter because they try to censor viewpoints they don't agree with. Add Pinterest as of late, too.

Yes, I know these are top WA sites for affiliate marketing approaches. It's a conundrum but alternatives are out there.

And yes, big tech can decide on how to flag their content, but this is already sparking competition as there is too much demand from people who don't want these guys telling us what we can or what we should be looking at (else threaten us with blacklisting, on top of that, very nice, Facebook).
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Jason T Premium
Agreed, I think this is their way of supporting their views. Think about all the Fake News that's going to pollute the first few pages of Google.
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marchanna Premium
yeah, but as you can tell I glossed over the 'P........ P....' part as this can get you suspended here at WA if it starts getting discussed along those lines ;)
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Loes Premium
You are so right, they refused to add links from my .siterubix.com lately, what the heck! It was in the past only for my.wealthyaffiliate links.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Oh no, more Google stupidness thanks for the info, maybe I should just stop caring at all...
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Surfdude123 Premium
Works for me Try it.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Haha just might do thanks 😋
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Loes Premium
They do what they want anyway
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Stella741 Premium
Sorry Loes,

Could you explain this in more detail? From what I read here... You have to have an "extension" to be in the green...

What extension, and, where did you pick up this news if you don't mind me asking?

Best Regards,

Stella
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Loes Premium
No, people who have this extension get warnings, the only way to stay in the green is to become an authority and be one of the top 5000 visited websites
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/suspicious-site-reporter/jknemblkbdhdcpllfgbfekkdciegfboi/related
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Helen123 Premium
only 5000 websites are green? There is no hope......
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Loes Premium
Yeb, no hope, but I believe there will be a lot of protests, even WA isn't in this top 5000, and also the best websites with an .nl will be flagged. So Google has to back down
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marchanna Premium
There is hope. There is always hope :) Google is making a bad business decision, which will spark meaningful competition.
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Helen123 Premium
Good to hear!
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