Pure spam

Matt Cutts explains what it means if your site has a manual action labeled as "Pure spam" and what you can do to fix it.

If you see this message on the Manual Actions page, it means that Google has detected that some of your pages may be using techniques that are outside our Webmaster Guidelines. The site appears to use aggressive spam techniques such as automatically generated gibberish, cloaking, scraping content from other websites, and/or other repeated or egregious violations of Google’s quality guidelines.

As a result, Google has applied a manual spam action to the affected portions of your site. Actions that affect your whole site are listed under Site-wide matches. Actions that affect only part of your site and/or some incoming links to your site are listed under Partial matches.

Recommended action

  • Update your site so that it meets Google's Webmaster Guidelines.
  • Once you've made these changes, submit a reconsideration request.

If we determine your site is no longer in violation of our guidelines, we’ll revoke the manual action.

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