Manual Actions and Site Reputation Abuse

Manual Actions and Site Reputation Abuse

The latest rollout of manual actions targeting “site reputation abuse” highlights the importance of attention and proactive measures in safeguarding your website’s integrity.

Let’s delve deeper into the concept of site reputation abuse.

Understanding Site Reputation Abuse

Site reputation abuse occurs when third-party pages are published with minimal oversight or involvement from the first-party site, aiming to manipulate search rankings by leveraging the first-party site’s established ranking signals.

These manipulative tactics, such as coupons or an educational site posting a page with reviews of payday loans, undermine the reputation of search results and damage user trust.

By piggybacking on the authority and trustworthiness of a reputable first-party site, malicious actors seek to artificially boost the visibility of their content in search engine results, thereby gaining undeserved exposure and traffic at the expense of genuine, high-quality content.

Implications of Manual Actions

Sites engaging in site reputation abuse risk incurring manual action penalties from Google, which can result in a loss of visibility, traffic, and trustworthiness. These penalties can have detrimental effects on organic search performance.

Beyond the immediate impact on search rankings, manual actions targeting site reputation can significantly damage a website’s reputation and credibility, potentially leading to a loss of trust among users and stakeholders.

Rebuilding trust and restoring reputation requires concerted efforts to address underlying issues and implement corrective measures, such as improving the quality and relevance of your content, removing harmful and irrelevant third-party content and ensuring compliance with search engine guidelines.

Recovering from Manual Actions

One of the initial steps to mitigate the risk of site reputation abuse is to exclude third-party content from being indexed. Doing so reduces the likelihood of being accused of manipulation and preserves the integrity of your website’s ranking signals.

Establish clear guidelines, review processes, and quality control measures to ensure that only authorised and reputable content is published and to minimise the risk of abusive practices.

Keep these in mind when looking to publish new content, and you shouldn’t be hit by a site reputation manual action.

If you think you’ve been hit by a manual action and want some help to get out of it, I’d love to chat.


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