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2 Quick Tips from Google’s Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts, head of Google‘s Webspam team, took to Twitter last night with a couple of useful tips for those who feel they‘ve lost rankings due to a penalty or update. Check it out here.


#1 – Don‘t See Your Site in Google‘s Results?


Quick tip: if you don‘t see your site in Google‘s results, check for any manual webspam actions.

— Matt Cutts (mattcutts) October 17, 2013

If you don’t see your website in Google’s results, Matt suggests checking Google’s Webmaster Tools for manual webspam actions as a first course of action.


It’s quite simple actually!

– Sign in to Webmaster Tools, assuming you have an account.
– Click on Search Traffic in the left sidebar.
– Finally, click on Manual Actions.

If you see: “No manual webspam actions found.” – congrats!

Types of Manual Actions

There are a variety of manual spam actions and alerts that can be displayed on this page, some of which are listed below. Learn more about manual actions here.

– User-generated Spam
– Hidden Text and/or Keyword Stuffing
– Pure Spam
– Thin Content
– Unnatural Links to Site
– Unnatural Links from Site

If you have any alerts of imposed manual spam actions for your website, you will need to take action immediately to rectify the problem(s) before submitting a reconsideration request to Google along with evidence of actions you took to fix the issue(s).

#2 – Fetch as Google

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