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Google Panda Webmaster Notifications:
Google should offer webmaster notifications through emails and Webmaster Tools, like they do so well with since 2007 and has lately bumped up to issue notifications of doorway pages, unnatural links, cloaking, or even generic site issues and wordpress installs being out of date.
So why not tell webmasters if they have excessive or worrisome low quality content and thus need to fix the content on their site in order to regain trust and rankings in Google. [seroundtable.com...]
Well put RustyBrick. +1
Too much pain, confusion and financial hardship for folks out there on this one not to support your view. Any +2's or inputs from others?
What you might end up with is an "us vs them" perception which is already happening in some circles.
This would give an unfair advantage to site owners who have GWT accounts. That would be wrong.
So why not tell webmasters if they have excessive or worrisome low quality content and thus need to fix the content on their site in order to regain trust and rankings in Google
Google made a decision to communicate with webmasters via guidelines, WMT , forums and representatives a long way back. And to this extent it worked well as a form of partnership of transparency.
Do you think this should extend to all forms of communication from Google beyond WMT , e.g. seminars , videos, forums , blogs , MC etc.
[edited by: walkman at 1:09 am (utc) on Jun 23, 2011]
I think it would be wrong for Google to give specific advice on a particular website using GWT
Google should either tell people if they can /how to get out of it
And I have no idea what Google wants us to do to fix the site or even if that's possible. Most of our competitors don't have anywhere near the quality of links that we have plus we have much more diversified content... doesn't matter though because we were hit by the Panda and even though we have followed all recommendations provided by Google, our penalty remains.