No Delete Button In Google Webmaster Tools Manual Actions Viewer

Jul 7, 2014 • 8:55 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsGoogle launched the awesome manual actions viewer just about 11 months ago and it is really an awesome step in visibility around penalties (yes we are waiting for an automated actions viewer).

Here you can quickly tell if a site that you have verified access to has a Google manual action and if so, what kind.

So if you get an email from Google or what appears to be from Google about a penalty, check there. You cannot delete manual actions without the manual action being revoked through a reconsideration request or automatically expiring by themselves. The manual action won't just disappear if your penalty is still there.

So don't be fooled by fake emails, check the manual action viewer. Of course, algorithmic actions won't show there but Google won't send you an email about those penalties anyway.

One Google Webmaster Help thread has someone claiming an employee of his deleted the manual action but he still has the penalty. That is not possible, as far as I know. There is no delete button. Here is a screen shot:

Can't Delete Manual Actions In Google Webmaster Tools

So don't be fooled. There is no delete button, as of yet.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Marie Haynes

07/07/2014 02:11 pm

Lots of webmasters don't know how to access the manual actions viewer. (It's hidden under "Search Traffic") I have seen plenty of site owners that think that if there is no message in their messages section then there is no manual action on the site. The messages certainly can get deleted though. And in other cases, if you were verified as an owner *after* the message was given you won't always see it. But, if you do have a manual action on your site you will definitely see something other than "no manual webspam actions" in the manual actions viewer.

William Harvey

07/07/2014 03:18 pm

Manual action penalties can simply go on their own accord. I think this has been confirmed by Google and something I've witnessed a number of times. This could be down to some algorithmic calculation set by the manual team or periodic review - I don't know. But to delete a manual action message under "search traffic > manual action" isn't possible. I also love the fact that this message can't be deleted as some agencies can't delete messages and hide problems from the client. What I would like to see is some sort of highlighted message that appears on the header of all pages.

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