Identifying Link Farm Spam Pages

Baoning Wu and Brian D. Davison

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With the increasing importance of search in guiding today's web traffic, more and more effort has been spent to create search engine spam. Since link analysis is one of the most important factors in current commercial search engines' ranking systems, new kinds of spam aiming at links have appeared. Building link farms is one technique that can deteriorate link-based ranking algorithms. In this paper, we present algorithms for detecting these link farms automatically by first generating a seed set based on the common link set between incoming and outgoing links of Web pages and then expanding it. Links between identified pages are re-weighted, providing a modified web graph to use in ranking page importance. Experimental results show that we can identify most link farm spam pages and the final ranking results are improved for almost all tested queries.

In Proceedings of the 14th International World Wide Web Conference, pages 820-829, Chiba, Japan, May 2005.

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