Job search engine Indeed.com announced yesterday via its blog that the site has made measured improvements to fight spam.
Chris Hyams, VP of Product at Indeed, wrote, “Our goal at Indeed is to provide job seekers with the most comprehensive and relevant search results possible. If there is a job available, we want to ensure it can be found quickly and easily. In order to meet this goal, we have to be very good at telling the difference between good job sites and bad ones.”
The job site has been working “tirelessly” to isolate and remove spam. It has tripled the size of its search quality team, completed a review of nearly ten thousand Indeed sources, and developed signals to automatically identify poor quality sites.
Examples of signals that alert the job site include low site traffic in conjunction with high job counts, or large percentage of jobs duplicated from other sites. Other signals of poor quality include sites with excessive non-recruitment advertising, ones that ask job seekers to pay to apply, or ones that accept applications without permission of the employer.
Hyams continued, “We have made a significant investment in search quality, but this is an ongoing process. Poor quality sites erode job seeker trust and hurt the vast majority of employers and job boards who play by the rules. We are committed to improving the quality of our results further and ensuring that Indeed continues to be the world’s best job search engine.”