Google's Matt Cutts: Not All Manual Actions Are Ranking Demotions

Apr 9, 2014 • 8:20 am | comments (11) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

google rankingsGoogle issues lots of different manual actions or penalties on sites for various reasons. But not all those manual actions lead to a ranking demotion in Google.

Google's Matt Cutts said this on Twitter that "not every manual action gives a ranking demotion."

Here is the Tweet:

For most experienced SEOs, this should not be something new. But it is nice to have on record.

I experienced this a lot when it came to my link scandal here. I was a bit surprised then to see no ranking change in the site after removing the links but truth is, I did not see a ranking decline by having the links. Although I thought the internal link flow was impacted, so I was confused a bit.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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