Published January 21st in SEO by Amanda DiSilvestro

Back in early 2015, Moz announced a new project from their research and development department, called Mox Spam Score. Since then, it has been rolled out beyond the scope of a minor test and into part of the Mozscape API.
Spam score is an analysis created by Moz based on deep study of Google and the rankings of sites in their massive index. They came up with a list of seventeen factors that, if present on a site, were indicators that the site might be penalized as spam. They call these 17 factors their spam flags.
Moz’s Spam Score is a simple #/17 metric. If your site has 0-4 spam flags, it’s probably fine. If it has 5-7 spam flags, it can be getting into a more troublesome territory. If it has 8-17 spam flags, you’re seriously running the risk of a penalty the next time Google chooses to dole them out. The actual chart of the probability of a site being spam and the number of flags can be seen here:

Checking Your Spam Score
Checking your Moz spam score is trivially easy. All you need to do is plug in your URL into the Moz Open Site Explorer. This shows you all of your moz metrics, including your Domain Authority, Page Authority, and Spam Score. They also give you a hint of what your spam s…

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