An in-depth look at the Spam Score metric and how it can be used to quantify a domain’s relative risk of penalization. The spam score is a series of flags that are highly correlated with penalized sites, making it an invaluable tool for those looking to avoid penalties from Google. A site’s spam score is calculated using a series of flags that are highly correlated with sites that have been penalized by Google. The higher a site’s spam score, the greater the risk that site will be penalized. However, it is important to note that the spam score is not perfect, and there are always risks associated with any website.