---- Google now reports manual webspam actions in WMT
austtr - 10:18 pm on Aug 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
but people whose sites have an algorithmic penalty don't get a similar message.
Spot on. There now seems to be three categories of sites.
1) Big brand (aka authority) sites that are seemingly protected from penalties and algo adjustments.... and Googles own properties.
2) Sites that have used techniques/practices outside of Google's Guidelines, and which have been deemed worthy of a manual penalty. They (and I'm assuming there will be a lot of black hats) will now be helped with feedback on their transgressions with indicators on how to fix things.
3) Sites that have faithfully followed Google's Guidelines and whose only sin was not being able to keep pace with the algo changes. Seems these poor beggars (mostly white hat) are left to flounder around in a sea of uncertainty, mistrust and anger.
I do agree that it would be impossible to advise every site impacted by algo changes... but that doesn't lessen the anger and frustration of the site owners caught in category 3. I'm reasonably sure that an organisation reputed to have assembled the most PHD's ever, could come up with an even-handed feedback system.
[edited by: austtr at 10:52 pm (utc) on Aug 8, 2013]