---- Google now reports manual webspam actions in WMT
Robert_Charlton - 8:22 pm on Aug 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Long overdue feature. I hope it cuts down on the questions we get here about "how can I tell if I have a manual penalty?" That's information that Google should have been providing.
The posted example suggests the reports will be very useful in troubleshooting, without tipping off spammers about how to be more secretive. ;)
Example shown is from a notification for "User-generated spam"...
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This is the kind of thing that Google can spot much more easily than webmasters can... and it would in fact be nice to have this as a tool, independent of manual penalty action.
From the blog post...
The manual action viewer delivers on a popular feature request. We hope it reassures the vast majority of webmasters who have nothing to worry about. For the small number of people who have real webspam issues to address, we hope this new information helps speed up the troubleshooting.