Google Manual Actions, Types of SPAM, Data Board, Addon Domains, Speedlink 32:2013

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great and productive week. This week, Google and Matt Cutts has “apparently” given webmasters what they were long longing for. Recently announced is yet another new feature on Google’s Webmaster Tools. This time its the “manual action viewer“.

…Many webmasters want to see if their sites are affected by a manual webspam action, so today we’re introducing a new feature that should help. The manual action viewer in Webmaster Tools shows information about actions taken by the manual webspam team that directly affect that site’s ranking in Google’s web search results…


What do you think about this new feature? Do you think this will actually help? For now, I can’t see it yet on GWT dashboard, so either that’s a good thing or not. We’ll see.

So to recap, in just a matter of weeks, Google has:

  • Updated their link schemes official document
  • Released the new Manual Action Viewer feature
  • Released a series of videos explaining the “types of SPAM” you should be looking at.

So, are you still into SEO (link building land), or are you just about finding “other” ways to drive traffic to your site? Moving on to “content marketing”?

Types of SPAM

Anyway, and as mentioned above, in addition to this new GWT feature, Matt Cutts along with several other webspam team colleagues, released not one, but seven videos explaining the types of “SPAM” that you may want to know about. If you stand accused by Google of any of these SPAMMY techniques, then you may understand how to deal with them and more importantly, how to avoid them.

Here’s one on “user-generated-content”. Writing a spot about this one this week to go a bit deeper, but until then, you can see all the videos here.

Data Board – Building Infographics

And finally, and again Google related, have you seen the “Think Insights Data Board” yet?. Creating infographics may be easy with the use of great tools out there, but sometimes, sourcing data is what makes it a bit more complicated. Enter Google data board. Build infographics directly using Google’s data.

google data board

Quite cool, but for now you can’t embed it, only link to it or share on G+, FaceBook and Twitter. It’s a start, and I’m almost sure that soon enough it will be. What do you think? Are your creativity juices flowing already?

As usual, in no particular order:

SEO & Internet Marketing

Social/Blogging/Small Business Bites

More cool stuff!

What’s your take on “addon domains”?

Another interesting video by Matt answering to the question:

What’s your take on “addon domains?” Does Google penalize someone for having one or more addon domains on their main website, (or if they’re self-hosting)? e.g. If you saw 2, 5, or 10 websites all coming from the same IP address, would that be bad?

Watch the video and let me know if Matt actually answered the question (hint on IP).

That’s it! Enjoy and have a great weekend!


DiTesco is a Business and Inbound Marketing Consultant, and founder of iBlogzone's main objective is to help startups and small business owners achieve success in their online ventures. | More About Me and my Digital Marketing Services in SP Brazil.

5 thoughts on “Google Manual Actions, Types of SPAM, Data Board, Addon Domains, Speedlink 32:2013

  • Some of the Changes and purposes will be good , Though some leaves a lot of room for Human error and personal abuse of the system .

  • DiTesco, a great roundup here – missed a few of these posts so it’s good to catch up.

    I especially like the Databoard thing, looks really cool – interested to see how this one plays out.

    • Hi Adam. The Databoard is quite interesting actually and at the most, even if you decide to not use it directly, I think it can serve as a source for gathering data to create infographics on other platforms 😉 Let me know what “magic” you can come up with.

  • I saw this news before on searchengineland website and after that check my webmaster tools. Luckily there is no spam actions in my website.

  • Hello DiTesco,
    Manual action in webmaster tool really helps a lot to know our bad linking pages and it would also help Google to deal with the unnecessary reconsideration request. Thanks for sharing this information. 

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