• http://twitter.com/hyderali_ Hyderali Shaikh

    What about -950 penalty?

    Now, how can we please the user who’ll manually check our site & decide a penalty against it? There should some kind of guidance or notes given to them by google to make sure those people are first looking at the points before issuing a penalty.

  • http://www.scismmarketing.com/ Eric Scism

    I mean honestly we had to see this coming. The algo can only do so much, sometimes we need a human judgement call on sites. I’m not saying it’s fair, but it is to be expected!

  • keaner

    They have a whole guideline book for those raters, they are not just deciding on there own. ):

  • Zach

    A really good article Danny, clears too much questions. Thanks for this :)

  • Yw

    nice to know that. at least we won’t have to second guess if we are being secretly manually penalized when we see organic traffic drops..

  • http://twitter.com/ankitchkt ankit TheRealScholar

    can not understand it even a bit ; can any one help me in finding simpler version of this update???

  • http://www.facebook.com/deanpaulbiz Dean Paul

    Does anything come out of Cutts mouth that is not BS? Yeah big coincidence they lose money 3rd q and now decent sites (not all but many) nowhere to be found) the results across many niches very poor, they are trying to force people to pay for advertising,so any one that pays these greedy jerks good luck

  • Paddy_O_Door

    I’d be interested to hear Cutts’ opinion on negative SEO, especially now that he’s made a night vs. day comparison between artificial and natural links.
    For less than $5 an hour, I could hire people halfway around the world to spam the heck out of a competitor. Sure, some of it might not stick, but if X% did register on Google’s radar as spam, then my effort has been fruitful when they start to lose rankings. It will take them time to disavow suspicious links because they will have to review them manually.
    Yes, I’m an angry casualty of the animal updates, but that’s part of the game.
    Honestly, I wouldn’t spam against a competitor, but what’s stopping someone else from doing it to me?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tormobritapaja Sandra Tormo Britapaja

    hi danny google penalyzed one of my blogs in august and the tell me that was an automatically decision an i made 8 revision submitts and i actually receiving each week 6- 8 from a indian visitor i thougt that a google revisor but all the times my blog is closed. And i have to make another order. fuck google they are overbookked

  • Alan

    Cutts’ opinion on negative seo will be vague and pointless like every opinion he gives!

    Apparently Google has psychic abilities built into the algorithm they can tell when it is you and not your competitor who smashing all those crap links at your site!

    For $100 at fiverr you could a lot of damage to a competitor. That can be multi millions of crappy links blasted at a website!

    Apparently whitehat webmasters would never dream of blasting their competition with these sorts of gigs.

  • Alan

    Good article Danny

  • Yousee

    No matter what, still EMD websites with poor content are visible in the 1st page especially in the keywords related “Loans”

  • Egan Rao

    Big foot and layout is not declared.. However, it’s nice to see the start date if those big algo changes

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001350492169 Hoang Nguyen

    I have nothing to say because Google is too intelligent. Everything Google is doing is to serve the user. I totally agree with the policy of Google.

  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    It’s important that site owners understand the difference between manual and algorithmic penalties. I see so many site owners submit reconsideration requests and wonder why nothing happens.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Since you know what I’ll say, I guess I shouldn’t say anything. But what I have said is that you can pick any search and find outliers, and you can also find searches that just match you think wow, many of the results are bad. But overall, the results are clearly not so bad as to cause people to be leaving Google, because they’re not. That’s not to excuse Google for having bad results, and I’ve written about this plenty in the past. But people aren’t abandoning Google. By the way, run that same search on Bing. Many of those odd sites rank on Bing, as well.

  • Jereme Thomas

    So if you are running Google Webmaster Tools on your site and you do not receive a notification that your site has been penalized there is no point in submitting a Google Reconsideration Request. Is this correct?