Yesterday all my sites got demoted about 60 places in google for "thin content", I just received the dreaded message in GWT. Now what? this is my first manual penalty ever, what are the chances of recovering from a manual penalty after receiving the message? are the chances slim or high? any point even attempting to recover from it? has anyone any experience with this before? Is there a good chance I can recover if I address the problem correctly? The message is below. thanks all in advance. P.S. Was I manually reviewed because I chose to use GWT? meaning had I not used GWT, would I have been safe from a manual review? can anyone verify this? thanks again. "Google has detected that some of your pages may be using techniques that are outside our. As a result of your site having Google has applied a manual spam action to There may be other actions on your site or parts of your site. Recommended action Update your site so that it meets Google's Webmaster Guidelines. Once you've made these changes, submit a For an updated list of manual actions currently applied to your site, visit the page. If no manual actions are listed, there is no longer a need to file a reconsideration request. If we determine your site is no longer in violation of our guidelines, we'll revoke the manual action."