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[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:46 pm (utc) on Apr 17, 2013]
when Google tells me "No Manual Penalty" yet I'm penalized, that makes zero sense
I think Google has automated many demotions that we previously considered manual. So when they say "no manual penalty" the person who is examining your site's record has looked for a manual penalty flag and they don't see one.
I think Google has automated many demotions that we previously considered manual.I don't believe -950 was ever considered manual. There were different theories about it, starting years ago with duplicate content (is this still an issue?) and now I don't even begin to comprehend what other infractions it may be handed over (bad choice of word? Automatically "handed") for. There's soup of various site ills that seem to reinforce each other and when this positive feedback loop gets to its highest value, just before an actual manual action happens, you get pushed to the very end. Automatically. I think we can call it pre-manual penalty err.. action.
I don't believe -950 was ever considered manual.
All great thoughts, but when Google tells me "No Manual Penalty" yet I'm penalized, that makes zero sense.
some fluctuation in ranking can happen
diversifying internal anchor text repetition made the difference.
If the site is an EMD, "anchor text" - internally, externally, and every other way - most often (not always which is the real beauty of these things) is the cancer.
If the site is an EMD, "anchor text" - internally
I challenge anyone to justify the logic of the EMD update
you mean even if you are using a template (like almost everybody) and your header and nav links, link to the home page with 'example keyword example keyword 2'
So in my specific case, I have products with model numbers, it would be better to link internally with the model number than on the product name...
Dear site owner or webmaster of XYZ,
We received a request from a site owner to reconsider XYZ for compliance with Google's Webmaster Guidelines.
We reviewed your site and found no manual actions by the webspam team that might affect your site's ranking in Google. There's no need to file a reconsideration request for your site, because any ranking issues you may be experiencing are not related to a manual action taken by the webspam team.
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