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What causes a G manual review?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by spappa, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. spappa

    spappa Regular Member

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    This isn't about getting an automatic penalty, this is about someone from G actually looking at your site.
    What would cause a manual review?

    Copying images that don't have a Creative Commons license, can someone dob you in to G?
    A certain level of traffic, say 100,000 hits per month?
    Competitor dobs you in for dodgy links?
    Grey links which trigger their algorithm for a manual review?
     
  2. tony_d

    tony_d Elite Member

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    Usually being reported by a competitor who thinks it's best to take out the competition rather than focus on their own site/s...

    Though - I've never had it happen to me, and that might just be because I don't do it to others.
     
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  3. TeKn1qu3z

    TeKn1qu3z Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    A competitor may have reported it or caught yu wile doing some manipulation method in less time. If you are doing regularly then they can lift you from penalty.
     
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    jon_xx_x Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I've had a manual review for a site ranked pretty high for a pretty popular keyword. Dont know if it was competitor or what.
    Probably a combo of things. Maybe something sets off a redflag but the algo just can't pick up what it is so they check manually.
     
  5. hanssolo

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    A few ways to get a manual review:
    1) Being reported by a competitor. (numerous times)
    2) Spamming google properties. (G+/YT etc)
    3) Cloaking/Phishing that's obvious.
    4) Trojan/Virus hosting.
    5) Trying to rank for a manually audited keyword: think Viagra/Payday loans. Fyi, for those who thinks these aren't manually looked at, you're a bit off. I had 4 websites on payday loans; 1 was top 3 and another was top 8, while the other 2 were coming up; all got a manual penalty as soon as they hit page 1. Roughly a 2-3 week span between top 10 and penalty.