I decided to check how spam pages for "Buy Windows 7 key" (or its translation) are displayed in the first two pages (20 results) for various search engines. For reference, the numbers for the 3 main search engines in the US are:
- Yandex: 10 + 10 = 20
|Yandex shows only spam pages leading to fake stores in the first 2 pages|
- Baidu: 10 + 10 = 20
|Spam pages and fake stores on Baidu|
|Yahoo.de gives worse results than the US site|
|Italian spam pages on Google.it|
DuckDuckGo is a a one-man search engine that is gaining a lot of attention in the start up community. All results appear on the same page. Out of the first 20 results, 12 are spam pages.
|The first 3 results on DuckDuckGo, all spam|
As can be seen from the results, blackhat SEO spam is a global problem, not just one affecting the popular US based search engines. In fact, overall, the US seems to be in slightly better shape than some countries
such as Russia, China and Germany that may not yet have suffered the same battle scars in this fight.