I was asked to look at a site that's suffered badly from the so-called Phantom update (9th May 2013)
First thing I noticed when checking their GWT is that there's an unread message dated end of June (yes, it's end of November now... #rolleyes) saying that a manual spam action has been applied due to a pattern of unnatural links.
That's fair enough because this site's backlink profile is probably the worst I've ever seen...
The puzzling thing is that when I go to Search Traffic -> Manual Actions
it says: "No manual webspam actions found"
I was like "What?"
I've worked on plenty manual actions and seeing more detail on the Search Traffic -> Manual Actions page is always helpful. Mainly because of the little section on the right Some Incoming Links. Examples:
It usually lists 3 or 4 example links that Google considers spammy.
Another thing I find very strange is that
Search Traffic -> Links to Your Site
page shows only 50 links from 4 domains, while this site has literally hundreds of spammy links.
Have you ever encountered a similar glitch? Is this just a random GWT error?