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07|07|2011 06:39 am EDT

Google Removes the .CO.CC Domains its Search Index

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

As reported by The Register, Google removed over 11 million .co.cc subdomain from its search index, since the company considered too many of the sites “spammy”. Free .co.cc subdomains are offered by a Korean company. The company also offers bulk registrations of 15,000 subdomains for a fee of $1,000. According to the company’s website they have 11,397,608 subdomains registered in 5,738,580 accounts.

Google classes the firm as a “freehost”, and has exercised its right to block the whole domain “if we see a very large fraction of sites on a specific freehost are spammy or low-quality”, according to Matt Cutts, head of Google’s web spam team.

The company said in a recent blog post: “To help protect users we recently modified those [malware-scanning] systems to identify bulk subdomain services which are being abused. In some severe cases our systems may now flag the whole bulk domain.”

The Anti-Phishing Working Group reported (PDF) 4,963 phishing attacks origination from co.cc domains in the second half of 2010.

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7 Comments

epichall

July 11, 2011 @ 2:02 am EDT

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=6b1827777741a457&hl=en

This is General Manager from CO.CC. why you deindex .co.cc? Edit

JamesKim
Level 1
12:08 PM

This is General Manager from co.cc.
I tried to contact to General Manager of Google but I haven’t got any reply from him. Therefore, I post my message in here to ask you forward this to him.

I know the reason that Google deindex to co.cc because it has high ration of malicious sites and low quality sites. However, I don’t think it is right decision that Google just block the whole domain which has 10 millions co.cc sites and 200millions webpages without any notice to us.

Within total co.cc sites, the fraction of malicious sites is not over 0.01%. We have block malicious domains that we got this information from many major vaccine companies including Trend Micro and Symantect since 2010. And also, according to Spamhaus advices, if there is any new domain set, we are checking whether the server IP is not list to Spamhaus Block List. In addition, once we get malicious domains information from major vaccine companies every day, we are promptly doing Shinkhole.
With these kinds of serious monitoring and taking prompt actions, the ratio of operating malicious domains have been not over 0.01%.

We have no right to force internet users making high quality web pages. It is obviously to overstep our authority. Each internet user has their own right to make their website and it is their ability to do so.

As you know, xxx.blogspot.com and facebook.com/xxx have about 70%~80% that have been just setting there without any caring. On the other words, those are actually low-quality sites.
I have a question to you. “Can you deindex those *.blogspot.com and facebook.com/* sites? Your Google-robot is already smart enough, so those low-quality sites are rarely exposure due to falling into behind of dominant searches. If necessary, you might need to make more smart Google robot.

In addition, there isn’t any notice that “if goole Apps and blogger.com
Users set cutomdomain to use co.cc, they will get any disadvantages.” You should know that there are thousands users for the apps, blogger and google-sites are using co.cc domain as their custom domains.

Moreover, you have never noticed to those users that they will get any disadvantages if they use .co.cc(SLD). Nevertheless, it is no right thing to deindex all those sites.

We always supply our all domains information and zone files to vaccine company if request. Whenever they request to us, we are always to prepare for it. We will accept any difficult request from you and we even take serious positive consideration if we need to sell co.cc.

If we take much longer time, thousands users will have more loss from it.
We and you all know that someone should take responsibility for their losses which cannot take it back.

We are looking forward to hearing your reply soon.

Sincerely,

James kim
legal@co.cc
phone number: +82319196171

Will

July 14, 2011 @ 10:41 am EDT

Yahoo still indexes co.cc let’s see what they find for “credit check” which is a keyword phrase common with financial services spam:

Site:co.cc “credit check” 3,250,000 results

0.01%? BS!

Debashis

July 14, 2011 @ 12:40 pm EDT

Hi all,
I agree with James, even we all will be (but we will remain silent as Google is a BIG name……)

An entrepreneur

July 14, 2011 @ 2:19 pm EDT

I think it’s a way to force users to spend a lot of money using the services of GoogleAdwords’ pay per click “is known by the network they prefer to users who are willing to pay thousands of dollars in advertising which affects a large majority of website owners. co.cc really are entrepreneurs, or people starting out in the cyber world on the Internet, using it for purposes of testing your site before buying domains. com that also somehow have to wait some time that Google added to your list or index.

Greetings.
An entrepreneur …

happydays

July 18, 2011 @ 9:33 am EDT

.co.cc is NOT a “freehost”, business domains have to be paid for, all google has done is responded to those .com owners who do not like their keyword rich domains challenged by another.

Google should be forced to show within its results at least all of the .co.cc paid domains and filter them according to their own algorithms for quality. Unless google cannot really filter websites correctly or as they claim, this should be more than enough.

antoinebowyser

November 29, 2012 @ 7:40 am EDT

my site is not working. It is gone from search index. I was trying to access my site but it is showing me as error not found. What can be done in such condition? Should I use other domain and import web data from hosting account. But will this affect my seo?

Snat

December 17, 2012 @ 8:38 am EDT

It will affect your SEO, but it is highly unlikely CO.CC is coming back. Get an actual domain, will work better in the long run.

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