Today I woke up, receiving an email from Google saying: "Problems with spam at http: // xxx / To: The webmaster of http: // xxx /, Google has detected unnecessary content that adds little or no value to your site. The problem leads to results that are not relevant or are of little value for users of Google search and can affect your page's ranking negatively. Google has applied a manual spam action on xxx/. If you want to remove the manual action on your site, you need to make extensive changes to the content, so that it meets our guidelines. Then submit a request for reconsideration. When we consider that the website complies with our policies we will remove this manual action." It was my "whitehat ranked" CPA site, I have barely built any backlinks to it and the backlinks I have built were not spammy. It was my main website which I have been working on for 1.5 years with lots of articles and hundreds of hours spent on. I was really starting to rank well for very high volume keywords and the future for the site looked so bright. I was so happy about it. Today I got slapped and all my time and money I spent on the site went down the drain. All traffic from Google has been completely cut off, I only receive some traffic from Yandex and Bing, but it's very little. I'm not creating this thread to get empathy. Of course it feels extremely shitty for me. But the reason I created this thread is to figure out why I got slapped and how I can prevent it from happening again. If I can't figure out why I get slapped then I have no interest in creating a new site which I put my blood, sweat and tears in and get faced by another slap again. It would kill me. Instead of crying about this all day long and not get anything productive done, I want to learn from this and move on with my next site and prevent it from facing the same issue as my main site did.