A few months ago I signed up for a coaching course with a well-known guru who offers WSOs fairly frequently. This person is very highly regarded and her WSOs are always well received.
In the coaching course, she gave me step-by-step instructions on how to build a niche gift site using Wordpress. The posts were mainly product descriptions and photos of a product that linked to an Amazon item with the goal of making an affiliate commission. She also told students (she was coaching more than one of us at a time) to list posts like 5 Best Gifts for _______ Lovers etc. To her credit, she has her own sites structured in a similar manner.
After submitting the posts to Google using Fetch, I checked today and found this message:
Google has detected that some of your pages may be using techniques that are outside our Webmaster Guidelines.
As a result of your site having pure spam, Google has applied a manual spam action to your site. There may be other actions on your site or parts of your site.
Update your site so that it meets Google's Webmaster Guidelines.
Once you've made these changes, submit a reconsideration request.
For an updated list of manual actions currently applied to your site, visit the Manual Actions page. If no manual actions are listed, there is no longer a need to file a reconsideration request.
If we determine your site is no longer in violation of our guidelines, we'll revoke the manual action.
If you have any questions about how to resolve this issue, please visit the Webmaster Help Forum.
I assume Google won't list the site because it's a "thin" site without a lot of written content. Guess I should have known. I feel like I wasted a lot of time building the site as well as the coaching fee of around $600.
Question: Should I completely redo the site and make it information rich or am I fighting a losing battle because Google has blacklisted the domain?
Lesson Learned: Don't blindly follow a guru, even if they have a good reputation.
Thank you so much for any help or insights you can offer. :-)
Have a great weekend!