1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Brand new site penalized due to "thin content"

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by MindHax, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. MindHax

    MindHax Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2014
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    I don't want to post my site here because I don't want to get into any more trouble, but if anyone is kind enough to give me advice, I'll PM it to you.

    Anyway, I just launched my site. I didn't make any backlinks at all, except I put it in a forum signature on a comedian's board. But I wasn't removed for backlinking anyway. I got a notice in the webmaster saying I was manually penalized due to "thin content"... I just launched about 1-2 weeks before the penalty, and only acquired 95 unique hits.

    The thing is, my site is designed to be a simple and user friendly way to search for a particular things. It isn't an affiliate site and has no outward links to anything, let alone any affiliate programs. I also have competitors that have been ranking high on google for 3+ years without any issues. I was wondering what could have happened?
     
  2. Gorsko

    Gorsko Junior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2011
    Messages:
    122
    Likes Received:
    70
  3. MindHax

    MindHax Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2014
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Not really. I see nothing wrong with my site. I put in a restoration request in, and got this reply.

    I looked at their guidelines at their site, but I still don't see how it violates the quality guidelines. If someone can PM me so I can give you my website and you can give me advice, that would be MUCH appreciated.
     
  4. SeanAustin

    SeanAustin Power Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2013
    Messages:
    740
    Likes Received:
    708
    Location:
    Rocky Mountains
    Hmmm, that sucks! Google is screwing up it sounds like.

    The only thing I could recommend is that you start a blog on your site. Just add an article every week or so and it should thicken up your site in the eyes of google. Just make sure the articles are complete garbage.
     
  5. infoasian

    infoasian Supreme Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2011
    Messages:
    1,335
    Likes Received:
    421
    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    Singapore
    Home Page:
    Don't care too much about that penalty. It will get lifted once they see your site gets popular.
     
  6. prab1996

    prab1996 Elite Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Messages:
    3,496
    Likes Received:
    2,028
    Occupation:
    your gf's <3 ♥♥♥♥
    Location:
    Prab1996.com
    Home Page:
    Depends upon your site.
    you might need to use real=canonical tags on some pages. (it happens with many sites)
    your site structure may not be what google likes.

    wait some time , if your site will have more content they may remove penalty.
    you have only 2 posts so you can't pm anyone. send me a message through http://prab1996.com/contact
    i am not a pro but may be able to help you. (send the penalty message with some info )

    -=-
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2014
  7. MindHax

    MindHax Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2014
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    PM sent. Thanks for your help!
     
  8. destinedtolead14

    destinedtolead14 Newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2014
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sounds strange, but were you ranking anywhere before you received this message? Where do you rank now, if at all anywhere? Try submitting a recon request and see what happens.
     
  9. MindHax

    MindHax Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2014
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Idk if you saw my follow up post but I did. And got denied. I wasn't even ranking to my knowledge it's a brand new site.
     
  10. prab1996

    prab1996 Elite Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Messages:
    3,496
    Likes Received:
    2,028
    Occupation:
    your gf's <3 ♥♥♥♥
    Location:
    Prab1996.com
    Home Page:
    that site deserve a "thin" content penalty.
    you have no content on site. add some content.

    your competitors have tons of auto generated pages.
    there are many mp3search scripts, get one.
    -=-
     
  11. MindHax

    MindHax Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2014
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0


    I am running a script. And what do you mean? I do have a tton of auto generated pages. Haven't you checked out tthe home page?
     
  12. gtownfunk

    gtownfunk Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2011
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    26
    Occupation:
    Software Developer
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Home Page:
    Maybe Google is making the same mistake that people here are making and think from first glance that there's not much content. You should be happy about this though, because it means once you have more good content that lots of competition and riff-raff is gone from the SERPs.

    gtownfunk
     
  13. bertbaby

    bertbaby Elite Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Messages:
    2,019
    Likes Received:
    1,496
    Occupation:
    Product marketing
    Location:
    USA
    Home Page:
    I you have valid internal links the Google bots will find the pages within a site. Spidering a site is automatic if the links are valid.
     
  14. blackpayman733

    blackpayman733 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    Messages:
    5,064
    Likes Received:
    1,048
    Occupation:
    Writing articles / building links / Boosting SERP
    Location:
    in BHW forum
    Home Page:
  15. ThopHayt

    ThopHayt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5,401
    Likes Received:
    1,645
    You just answered your own question my friend. I'm guessing it's image heavy, with virtually zero text. And you're mad cause your competition does the same thing but ranks ahead of you, right? Well they have a 3 year head start. And they have a lot more backlinks than you and older links too right? And you want to beat them by also having an overly simple site with no text... nope, not gonna happen. So if you can't beat them at that game then beat them with more and better content. Sucks, but maybe redesign the site.