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Manual action: Thin content - recoverable?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by adamcm, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. adamcm

    adamcm Registered Member

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    Hi all,

    Could use some help as I essentially lost all of my sites last night. I put one into the Google Search Console and noticed that I received a manual action for Thin Content with little to no added value. I assume the rest are the same.

    Background: These sites are Amazon affiliate sites. But I don't overdo affiliate links. I cloak my links using a GoCodes plugin and when I did a site:www.*****.com into google that my site is showing some Amazon content. All content is mine, not copied, not spun, etc.

    A few questions:
    1 - I take it this has nothing to do with links? I have a PBN but am guessing if it was related to link I would have received the unnatural links manual action?
    2 - Is this penalty recoverable? I'm not sure if I should just move to a new domain or work on fixing it up?
    3 - Would removing some of the affiliate content from some of the posts help?

    Thanks,
    Adam
     
  2. Hawkster

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    Add more content to your articles, written content mostly. But add videos where you can also. And anything else that will engage your users
     
  3. adamcm

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    So am I correct that it has nothing to do with links? I'm wondering if I can re-do this content on another domain and have the links pointed to the new domain?
     
  4. Scritty

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    If the content is not spun or scraped etc, then it is one of 2 possible factors.

    Firstly - It may be that there isn't enough. While big business gets away with 20 word description pages for a product, us small fry have to play by a different set of rules. Product descriptions 150 words minimum, preferably 300 words plus. A bloody pain in the arse, particularly if you have many similar products

    Or Secondly - it might be a relevance/context slap. Google has read the content and can't see how it relates to the product/headline/meta data or whatever. How relevant is your content? Without seeing your site only you can know that.

    Sometimes it's a bit of both

    It's a MANUAL action - so someone has gone to your site and made these decisions in a human (therefore possibly slightly subjective) manner
    Go through your site yourself and ask "is this enough" and "is this relevant" Check images and videos as well. Padding articles, products etc with untagged images and 3rd party videos is a tactic that used to work great - now they count for little or nothing when the manual penalty man comes a-knocking

    My time reviewing sites for other people thin content is far and away the biggest issue I come across, normally from webmasters who swear blind that their site is a labour of love, and that they have spent hundreds of hours on it. When in fact it looks like an afternoons worth of two finger typing most of the time.

    Scritty
     
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    This penalty is recoverable. Add new quality posts and send a reconsideration request.
    I have recovered 1 of my sites like that.

    If this happens again to a site of mine, I would probably ditch the domain and move the content to a new site. Edit them a bit, add some more quality posts.
     
  6. Fear2403

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    1.Fewer aff links on money page.
    2.Don't use kw on category or tag and make them noindex(category and tag make local duplicate content on your site).
    3.Post more guide, how to article that don't include aff link (aff articles / guide,how to articles at least 1).Bring real value for reader not some shit information from amazon page and include your aff links.
    4.Make a good infographic for money page.
    4.Request reviews from google and wait.

    Here is exactly what I do on many site.I hope it will help you.
     
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    sabelastain Newbie

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    Hi,
    Contents are very important in the ranking of an article. If the contents are thin then the page will be surely affected.
     
  8. whiteblackseo

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    Basically you will have to change/rewrite all of your articles. Not worth it in my opinion... Simply move the content to a new domain and start fresh.
     
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    Move the content to a new domains, rehash it for better readability and start afresh. It is easy to rank a new domain than to get a penalty removed from aged domain. Of course, this all depends on how far in love are you with your current domain.
     
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    Since this is a manual action, you can always clean things up.

    That's the bottom line.

    Don't think that you're hopeless.

    Based on your description of your situation, it seems like the problem is the content.

    You have to come up with original, engaging content.

    I understand where you're coming from.

    Like most entrepreneurs, they'd like to reduce your cost.

    This is why most people are perfectly happy with Tint content sites.

    The problem is, you don't want to roll the dice with your website.

    You have to invest in actual content.

    I would suggest that you scrape content, reword them, turn them into engaging content.

    Slap on some pictures and multi-media elements and then build backlinks.

    This may seem like a lot of work.

    This may seem like you'd cost quite a bit of money.

    The good news is it doesn't have to.

    By using software to scrape content and then having a paid writer come up with an original version of your text, you can create 100 percent original and highly engaging content.

    The solution is out there.

    You just have to bite the bullet and accept the fact that you would have to invest in your business.

    Otherwise, you're going to the same problems over and over again.
     
  12. jovi45

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    Add more content, a search function, a way to compare prices etc to make your site valuable.