Now also with News and Discover: Google punishes violations with manual measures

Google has introduced penalties for content policy violations for the News and Discover areas. If a manual measure is used, it can lead to the exclusion of pages from the SERPs.

The violation of Google’s Webmaster Quality Guidelines site operators can cost dearly inside. Because if human auditors perceive this and take a so-called manual measure, individual pages or even the entire website can disappear from Google’s search results. In the Search Console area for manual measures, webmasters can see whether there were penalties against them and which ones. Special attention should now be paid to a number of new types of offenses. This is because Google has manual measures for content policy violations for Google News and Discover added.

Integrated manual measures for 13 types of violations

On the Search Console Help Blog On the one hand, Google clarifies what webmasters should expect in the event of manual measures taken against them:

Google takes manual action against a website when a human reviewer at Google determines that pages on the website do not meet Google’s webmaster quality guidelines. Most manual actions relate to attempts to manipulate our search index. Most of the problems listed in this regard result in websites or individual pages receiving a lower ranking or being completely removed from search results without the user being notified. If any manual action has affected your website, we will notify you in the Manual Actions report and in the Search Console Message Center.

On the other hand, individual problem types are listed in a list of manual measures. This list now also includes the point: News and Discover Policy Violations. The following types of violations are listed below:

For example, if you have too many vulgar expressions or sexually explicit elements in your content, you can check that and then go into Google’s recommended actions. In addition, it is then possible to request a re-examination with Google. In the video you will find out which requirements you should meet for this:

You can find all relevant information about manual measures on Google’s help page receive. There is also a step-by-step guide on how to troubleshoot manual action or what to do if you’ve just bought a website, for example. Google also emphasizes the importance of differentiating the manual actions report and the security report despite the overlap. If you are not sure yourself whether there have been measures against your pages, you can call up the report in the Search Console at any time and carry out a check.

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