Find Out if Your Site Has a Manual or Algorithmic Penalty in Google

Google punishes websites by removing them from Search Engine Results Pages (SERP). If your website ‎was punished, check its penalty type by following these instructions.‎

What to do?

  1. Go to GSC and choose your website ‎
  2. Go to Messages ‎
  3. If you have a message from Google that says you’re using techniques that are outside ‎Google’s guidelines – it might mean you were manually penalized ‎
  4. Go to the Manual Actions screen under Search Traffic (left sidebar) – to know what happened ‎and how to fix it.‎ ‎
  5. Not a manual penalty? Probably an algorithmic one, but let’s make sure ‎ ‎
  6. Go to GA and choose your website ‎
  7. Go to Acquisition --> All Traffic --> Channels --> Organic Search ‎
  8. Now watch the graph and look for the date where your organic traffic dropped dead ‎
  9. To double check – go to SEMRush, enter your website and check the graph to see what was ‎the date where you lost a lot of KW you were ranked for ‎
  10. Go to this link on Moz:‎ https://moz.com/google-algorithm-change ‎
  11. Find the date where it all happened (or a close date) – to understand which algorithm update ‎hit you, and how you might be able to fix it ‎
  12. Comment or contact me for further help!‎

Tools Used

Google Search Console (GSC), Google Analytics (GA), ‎SEMRush

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