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New Tool; Finding Manual Spam Penalties from Google

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Interestingly enough I was sitting here writing about Google's manual actions. A two part series actually on the types of actions and a history of replies from Google. Then, because the SEO Dojo chat room is soooooo awesome, one of our uber geeks, Wissam Dandan, passed me this;

View manual webspam actions in Webmaster Tools

While they are still going to be sending out messages on manual actions, this tool can be used for a quick real time check on a domain. The tool breaks things down into;

  • Site Wide Matches – which is a manual action that is penalizing the entire site
  • Partial Matches – which is described as, “Some manual actions apply to specific pages sections or links”

Here's an example;


In this example they even state the 'reason'... which in this case was some 'User Generated Spam'. I have no idea how good the examples will be moving forward, but I'll be sure to post them as they come to light.

The Google post goes on to say,

Now, when you visit the reconsideration request page, you’ll be able to check your site for manual actions, and then request reconsideration only if there’s a manual action applied to your site. If you do have a webspam issue to address, you can do so directly from the Manual Actions page by clicking "Request a review."

Seemingly they are seeking to streamline the process as far as identification and reconsideration. Hopefully they give more details this way as far as what is actually affecting the site. I for one, would appreciate that when coming in to clean up another SEO's mess.

Anyway, back to my writing. Stay tuned over the next few days for more on Google manual actions and their history.




I have been asking folks to send me any examples they get from using the tool. Here's the first one that was sent to me;

"Partial matches Some manual actions apply to specific pages, sections, or links"

And the 'Reason' given was;

"Unnatural links to your site—impacts links Google has detected a pattern of unnatural artificial, deceptive, or manipulative links pointing to pages on this site. Some links may be outside of the webmaster’s control, so for this incident we are taking targeted action on the unnatural links instead of on the site’s ranking as a whole. Learn more."

I have seen a few of these, (6 so far) all 'Partial', which is interesting. I'd always kind of assumed they were site wide.

The next one someone shared was;

Applied to all pages of the site.


Thin content with little or no added value
This site appears to contain a significant percentage of low-quality or shallow pages which do not provide users with much added value (such as thin affiliate pages, cookie-cutter sites, doorway pages, automatically generated content, or copied content).

Then there's UGC,

"Partial matches Some manual actions apply to specific pages, sections, or links"


Pages from this site appear to contain spammy user-generated content. The problematic content may appear on forum pages, guestbook pages, or user profiles. 

I shall add more (unique) one's as I find 'em


Andrew Shotland also started a collection here. He found;

  • Unnatural Links - Partial
  • User-generated SPAM – Partial Match
  • Unnatural Links From Your Site - Site Wide
  • Thin Content With Little or No Added Value – Partial Match
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