Understanding Google’s Manual Actions Page

Some webmasters and website owners experience penalties or demotions on their websites due to Google’s stringent regulations and sophisticated algorithms, designed to give customers exactly the information they are searching for in their searches. Unfortunately, this information often remains unseen and ignored by many websites resulting in them being penalized or even removed completely from search engine results pages (SERPs). Marketers and website owners know that such actions and penalties can have a devastating impact on their visibility, traffic and revenues, which then directly translates to loss in profit and revenue. Google understood this issue, so they gave websites the option of correcting activities which caused manual spam actions by providing options and chances for corrective measures to take place on their websites.

Viewing the Manual Actions Page in Google Webmasters

Marketers, website owners, and webmasters follow three easy steps to monitor manual actions within Google Webmaster Tools. First is visiting their official website before moving onto their dashboard for better monitoring of manual actions in Webmaster Tools. On the Webmaster Tools Dashboard, select and click Search Traffic before moving on to Manual Actions; webmasters and website owners will then be able to see if any parts of their websites have received manual actions from Google. Website owners and webmasters can see the specific steps Google recommends they take to undo any manual actions taken against their websites, before clicking on Request a review to appeal for reconsideration of their sites by Google and hopefully lift any penalties and restore traffic and page rankings.

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Google webmaster tools offers website owners various information in the Manual Actions page of its webmaster tools to monitor manual actions taken against their sites, with results classified either site-wide matches or partial matches. Site-wide matches refer to effects that have an immediate and widespread effect on an entire website, typically through manual actions which severely compromise its operations and its overall functionality. On the flipside, partial matches’ effects refer to manual actions that only affect certain sections or portions of a website, for instance affecting only certain webpages and not having an impactful result on both its ranking and traffic as a whole.

Manual Actions page also includes several details related to Reasons and Affects of manual actions on websites, which provide insight into why Google took manual spam actions against the website in question. Reasons can be broken down further into Specific Causes for Action (SCaAs). SCaAs may include various reasons behind Google taking manual spam actions against websites in question as outlined herein. Examples of violations to the Google Webmaster Guidelines would include violating specific guidelines; then there are the repercussions and impacts. Webmasters and website owners can use these reports to assess which areas of their sites were affected by manual actions taken against their websites; however, the page is limited to showing up to 1000 URLs. Google only displays the top 1,000 URLs affected by any manual action, making the Manual Actions Page an extremely helpful and efficient resource for both online marketers and website owners.

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