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If you see this message on the Manual Actions page, it means that Google has detected low-quality pages or shallow pages (such as thin affiliate pages, cookie-cutter sites, doorway pages, automatically generated content, or copied content) on your site. These techniques donít provide users with substantially unique or valuable content, and are in violation of our Webmaster Guidelines. [support.google.com...]
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Fair enough Google.
To handle this subjectively with analytics, I guess folks could quickly identify high bounce rates and time on site. Then form a view whether content is "rich" or "not" , sufficiently differentiated, or not.
Easy .... or not ?
In reality it would seem to be a more complex issue to both define and rectify, which is probably the reason itís not been talked about in sufficient objective detail regarding site quality issues. Indeed, is "quality" and "thin" an overlapping term or completely separate?
It would be great to listen to how webmasters are approaching it, and what "left field" creative inputs could be shared here on what I might have missed.
In the context of "add value" , can anyone delve deep and come up with some inputs that might help others to avoid thin content.
It would be great to listen to how webmasters are approaching it
Identify what attributes they have in common, and see if there's a sweet spot. Try to stick to things that a machine learning algorithm would have access to.
I try to make sure it's *useful* thin content
Anyone with similar thoughts?
Lot's of text seems to be a turn off to users - folks want their information quickly and to be able to interact fast.
@Netmeg - do you consider scripted content with wildcard insertions to be ok?
Now let's say that you create a page about an obscure topic, maybe a rare widget only found in Borneo. No one else has information on this widget, you did all the research on it. Should you get a hit for having a "thin" page?
From all accounts I've heard, Google will penalize your entire site (or at least a section of it) due to thin content. Or that's at least what people believe. I'd like to know if that is true, or if only the thin content gets penalized. Or is relatively unique content not penalized because Google recognizes that it is unique.