Google Webmaster Tools Message: Quality Issues???

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So I got this message today, it's the first one I've ever received about site quality. The site was hit by the first round of penguin, I've done little back linking to it mainly posting and using Facebook but maybe a little over optimised with one keyword.

The post titles don't target any keywords and the main traffic came from one keyword. I 've got a thin warning for the site but it's a video site? These videos aren't something I can write 500 articles about otherwise I would have done it but usually between 50 and 200 words.

I've had around 1,500,000 pageviews in the last 8 months and it was quite a good earner, with loads of social traffic etc, the content is a bit on the thin side but there's definately not a lack of user experience, my users love the site and it was targeted heavily through Adwords with advertisers. I can get up to 100 Facebook shares per page even without Google.

What do you think I should do?, I was going to dump the site completely or just leave it, I'm sure if they went through the backlinks they would see some spam there, but alot of good links too, and what the hell with the content? I don't know what they're trying to say with this message, the site tanked, I don't know why they would send it??

Dear site owner or webmaster of example.com
We've detected that some of your site's pages may be using techniques that are outside Google's Webmaster Guidelines.

Specifically, we detected low-quality pages on your site which do not provide substantially unique content or added value. Examples could include thin affiliate pages, doorway pages, automatically generated content, or copied content. For more information about unique and compelling content, visit Little or no original content - Webmaster Tools Help.

We encourage you to make changes to your site so that it meets our quality guidelines. Once you've made these changes, please submit your site for reconsideration in Google's search results.

If you have any questions about how to resolve this issue, please see our Webmaster Help Forum for support.


Sincerely,
Google Search Quality Team
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  • Profile picture of the author SupaMonkey
    Ive also gotten one of these messages for a site of mine which is an affiliate dating site which had custom copy written for its home page (which is basically its only page).

    Im now in the process of writing a bunch of sub pages with unique copy to see if I can fix this issue. I really dont want to submit the site for reconsideration, Im hoping that Google will just recrawl the site and remove the penalty. Anyone know if I will have to submit for reconsideration or if a simple recrawl/refresh will get me back in the good books for this particular error message from Google?
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    • Profile picture of the author scottmacair
      Originally Posted by SupaMonkey View Post

      Ive also gotten one of these messages for a site of mine which is an affiliate dating site which had custom copy written for its home page (which is basically its only page).

      Im now in the process of writing a bunch of sub pages with unique copy to see if I can fix this issue. I really dont want to submit the site for reconsideration, Im hoping that Google will just recrawl the site and remove the penalty. Anyone know if I will have to submit for reconsideration or if a simple recrawl/refresh will get me back in the good books for this particular error message from Google?
      If the message says: please submit reconsideration request then that's what you have to do. Of course address the issue before you do this!

      Scott
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  • Profile picture of the author daweelmac
    I also received the same email in my webmaster tools. right now, im still in the process of rewriting my contents.
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      I think if you improve your content it will help.
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    • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
      Originally Posted by rabbikhan View Post

      Yes you will have to submit for reconsideration otherwise Google won't index your site. Listen I have a website which was earning 20$ per day from adsense and one day my site was de-indexed and I submitted it to Google for reconsideration and still didn't got any reply from them.

      I have submitted my website on May 2010 so don't waste your time on that site and move on to another because Google won't index your site.
      Thats not true.....

      I got mine reindexed and my site was almost 100% dup content.... its not now mind but still.

      Danny
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        • Profile picture of the author dmtaylor247
          Originally Posted by rabbikhan View Post

          That is true dude there is only 20% chance of getting your website back so it;s better to move on to another website.
          I don't want it back, it's Google asking to me to reconsider it, but like I said I'm just fed up with Adsense and Google now, going to do some affiliate marketing and fishing for leads, social media etc

          I enjoy viral marketing, I've got some decent fb apps.
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  • Profile picture of the author jhonybravo222
    You have to improve the quality of content that must have relevancy and value added as google says. Try to increase the length of your content but it should be unique.
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  • Profile picture of the author jackrice
    but then why in the first place you write crappy content
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    You have angered the Google Gods mightily!
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Originally Posted by dmtaylor247 View Post

    So I got this message today, it's the first one I've ever received about site quality. The site was hit by the first round of penguin, I've done little back linking to it mainly posting and using Facebook but maybe a little over optimised with one keyword.

    The post titles don't target any keywords and the main traffic came from one keyword. I 've got a thin warning for the site but it's a video site? These videos aren't something I can write 500 articles about otherwise I would have done it but usually between 50 and 200 words.

    I've had around 1,500,000 pageviews in the last 8 months and it was quite a good earner, with loads of social traffic etc, the content is a bit on the thin side but there's definately not a lack of user experience, my users love the site and it was targeted heavily through Adwords with advertisers. I can get up to 100 Facebook shares per page even without Google.

    What do you think I should do?, I was going to dump the site completely or just leave it, I'm sure if they went through the backlinks they would see some spam there, but alot of good links too, and what the hell with the content? I don't know what they're trying to say with this message, the site tanked, I don't know why they would send it??

    Are you scraping Youtube videos (sounds like you might be)?

    If the site can get traffic on it's own (without Google) why would you dump the site?
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    • Profile picture of the author dmtaylor247
      Originally Posted by jackrice View Post

      but then why in the first place you write crappy content
      If you read my post you would see it's a rich media site, no different to Youtube.

      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Are you scraping Youtube videos (sounds like you might be)?

      If the site can get traffic on it's own (without Google) why would you dump the site?
      Hi, no it's not scraped. I pick out the videos for my users. I've been doing this for nearly three years now. I just post the video, a few lines, there's not really much I can write about, plus my users don't want to sit there and read a 500 word article, it's not the point of the site.

      The site is extremely viral and can get alot of traffic from social networks it takes alot of skill to pick out the right content that will go viral, but i've had it with adsense now, i don't want to build anymore adsense sites, that's why i was going to get rid of it.

      I feel Google is nothing more than a hypocritical parasite. They can bang on about quality content but Youtube is no different, it has no original content, the same with Google's search engine, all other people's work, they have not contributed anything other than paid advertisments stuffed in every nook and cranny on the web, their demands are never ending yet they take everything and contribute very little quality of their own, in fact they contribute very little of anything including taxes.

      Google isn't even about quality anymore, it's about money. The only people who get any real benefit from Google are a minority of shareholders. It's no better than Bing in it's current state, even worse. Google is a complete joke, their search engine is just one big adsense autosplog of crap optimised with empty blogs and malware sites, it's not even funny.

      It's the same story with backlinking, they're two faced nogoodniks, first manipulating their own search results in their own favour breaking their own mission statement, punishing others yet making millions in their demise. Killing off competiting industries yet making money from them before they stab them in the back.

      Plus the same with advertising, serving up ads on brand keywords, it's a disgrace. Their behaviour is disgusting, they don't give a damn about any business, whitehat or not. As long as their bank accounts are filling with money they don't care if you survive or not, in fact if they can make an extra buck from you going down then i'm sure they will (or have). Companies like Google and eBay are just parasitic business' they are cold faceless, zero customer care greedy corporations, the exact opposite of a "real business". **** em.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    I got this same email and I have done a case study on it....

    I got deindexed and was losing about $80 a day from one of the site that got hit...

    The site is now back up and making money again

    Danny

    PS I Bitch slapped the Panda is my case study :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Dayes
    Your site is basically just stealing other peoples work, and making a profit from it. It's quite obvious why it has been penalized.

    You don't deserve to make any money from it.
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    • Profile picture of the author dmtaylor247
      Originally Posted by Dayes View Post

      Your site is basically just stealing other peoples work, and making a profit from it. It's quite obvious why it has been penalized.

      You don't deserve to make any money from it.


      Whatever mate, you don't have a clue what your talking about. I sent millions of hits to their videos. Their advertisments were on my sites and I was driving traffic to them, they should be greatful, their videos went viral because of my sites and fb pages.

      I know I was more than happy when big publishers picked up my videos, in fact I would pay them for it. Video views don't come cheap. Getting someone like me picking up your videos is free advertising plus they got pagerank 4 & 5 backlinks and channel subscribers, you tell me would you complain? are you really that stupid?

      How many emails did I get every week from people begging me to publish their videos? well?

      Anyway it's not obvious. What is obvious is Google are filtering sites with little or no content, a video site would fit that description. Anyway the site was hit with over optimized anchors, that's really why it went down I just thought it was weird Google asking me to re-include it.
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