70%+ Want Public Disclosure Of Google Penalties

Jun 4, 2014 • 8:45 am | comments (14) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Back in February we covered the topic of penalty disclosure and asked our audience if Google should confirm, publicly, that a site was or was not penalized by a manual action or algorithmic action.

We asked in our poll "Should Google Confirm Penalties To Public?"

The majority of you think that it is good for Google to publicly disclose penalties to the public. 71% of you actually and only 21% think it would be a bad idea.

Here is the chart:

Disclose Google Penalties Publicly

For more details on this topic, see our post named Should Google Confirm Penalties To Public?

Forum discussion continued at WebmasterWorld.

This post was scheduled to be posted today but was written at an earlier point in time. The author is not around on June 4th or 5th to respond to comments.

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F1 Steve

06/04/2014 01:20 pm

Why did you vote no Durant?

Durant Imboden

06/04/2014 02:32 pm

Actually, I'm all for transparency, and in terms of this survey, I'm in the 71 percent.

Durant Imboden

06/04/2014 02:58 pm

Addendum: Instead of simply telling searchers about current penalties, it might be more useful for Google to use a long-term rating: e.g., "This site has a Search Quality Compliance score of *****."

Davis Johnson

06/04/2014 03:31 pm

They already do that, it's called YOUR RANK! What your talking about is another ALGO, just what we don't need.

Durant Imboden

06/04/2014 03:49 pm

Your ranking in Google Search isn't the same as your level of compliance with Google's Webmaster Guidelines. And there's nothing terribly complicated about creating a score based on a site's penalty history (or lack thereof). From a searcher's point of view (as opposed to, say, a competitor's point of view), a site's history is more informative than a "here today, gone tomorrow" penalty status.


06/04/2014 03:55 pm

I agree in spirit but... Google can't enforce its guidelines let alone measure differences in compliance. It would be a manual money pit with no return for them. Additionally in black hat circles it would allow black hats to know how efficient one negative SEO vector is versus another. Just like with credit scores it will become a new way to browbeat people. On the whitehat side I like the idea of having additional ways of knowing if a website change was ultimately beneficial but you get that information from traffic and rankings already.

Dave Fogel

06/04/2014 05:06 pm

Why would anyone possibly think it is a bad idea to know if your site was penalized. How are you supposed to fix your you don't know what the problem is. Next step, Google needs to create a way for webmasters to actually be able to fix algorithmic penalties without having to wait for the next penguin update.

F1 Steve

06/04/2014 05:36 pm

I never thought I would see myself write this and I'm sure I'll be bashing you again soon! But for that comment, good man!!

Michael Martinez

06/05/2014 03:42 am

"... fix algorithmic penalties without having to wait for the next penguin update." Yeah. Rumor has it that could be a long wait.

stephen dodds

06/05/2014 11:20 am

One other thing that would be useful is having the penalty notification in manual actions date stamped

Jack William

06/05/2014 11:22 am

Google is penalize all the link building Technics what Google actually want. Move to another Search Engine.


06/05/2014 11:45 am

Go away spammer.

Jitendra Vaswani

06/06/2014 07:58 am

me too in same 71%

Canada SEO

06/06/2014 03:27 pm

If your not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to worry bout. it will definitely sort out the good the bad and the ugly.

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