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4/9/16
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Sammi Penni

Unnatural outbound links violate Google Webmaster Guidelines

I received an alarming email out of nowhere last night that stated my personal blog, www.sammithebeautybuff.com was going to be removed from the Google search engine. This is message type [WNC-636200]. 


It says: "Google has detected a pattern of links from your site to other sites that is either unnatural or irrelevant. This pattern attempts to artificially boost other sites' ranking in Google Search results. Such unnatural ranking would cause search results to show preference for results not relevant to the user's actual query. It also violates Google Webmaster Guidelines. Therefore, we are discounting the trust in links on your site. This manual spam action has been applied to sammithebeautybuff.com/. To fix this, remove the unnatural links on your site and file a reconsideration request. After we determine that you have complied with our guidelines, we will remove this manual action."

I don't even know what an "unnatural link" is. I read the Help topics linked in the email and they were not of any help. I have no idea why I received this because I have not done anything to artificially boost my traffic. I'm not part of any "link scheme." I haven't changed anything that would cause this, and I haven't seen any crawlers or anything unusual in my Google Analytics. The funny thing is, I have two domains that redirect to the same blog, and I only received this email for one of them. 

It's a beauty blog, so I often link to beauty products. Is that the problem? Do I have to go back to every single one of my posts from 2013 and take them out? My affiliate links are how I monetize my blog. What is this "nofollow" thing?

I'm going to appeal for Reconsideration, but I want to ensure that everything is okay before I do so it doesn't get declined. What do I do? Please help me figure this out! 
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4/9/16
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travler.
See other threads about this issue:


Basically, you have to set each outbound link on the site to nofollow.


4/9/16
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Suzanneh
Don't file for reconsideration before you've fixed the problem.

>>It's a beauty blog, so I often link to beauty products. Is that the problem? Do I have to go back to every single one of my posts from 2013 and take them out? My affiliate links are how I monetize my blog. What is this "nofollow" thing?

Yup, that's likely the problem.  If someone gives you a product to review and you link back to them, it needs to be nofollow.  Anything that's "paid", whether it's through money, content, free prodcuts, etc. has to be nofollow.  Affiliate links, too.

Depending on your CMS, you might be able to find a plugin or widget that will nofollow the links for you.

Suzanne



On Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 12:30:33 PM UTC-4, Sammi Penni wrote:
I received an alarming email out of nowhere last night that stated my personal blog, www.sammithebeautybuff.com was going to be removed from the Google search engine. This is message type [WNC-636200]. 


It says: "Google has detected a pattern of links from your site to other sites that is either unnatural or irrelevant. This pattern attempts to artificially boost other sites' ranking in Google Search results. Such unnatural ranking would cause search results to show preference for results not relevant to the user's actual query. It also violates Google Webmaster Guidelines. Therefore, we are discounting the trust in links on your site. This manual spam action has been applied to sammithebeautybuff.com/. To fix this, remove the unnatural links on your site and file a reconsideration request. After we determine that you have complied with our guidelines, we will remove this manual action."

I don't even know what an "unnatural link" is. I read the Help topics linked in the email and they were not of any help. I have no idea why I received this because I have not done anything to artificially boost my traffic. I'm not part of any "link scheme." I haven't changed anything that would cause this, and I haven't seen any crawlers or anything unusual in my Google Analytics. The funny thing is, I have two domains that redirect to the same blog, and I only received this email for one of them. 

It's a beauty blog, so I often link to beauty products. Is that the problem? Do I have to go back to every single one of my posts from 2013 and take them out? My affiliate links are how I monetize my blog. What is this "nofollow" thing?

I'm going to appeal for Reconsideration, but I want to ensure that everything is okay before I do so it doesn't get declined. What do I do? Please help me figure this out! 
4/9/16
Expert - Gold
Suzanneh
Oh, and this also includes anything in your sidebar that is promotional.  Not just blog posts.  So, badges, ads, affiliates links, etc.

Suzanne
4/9/16
Original Poster
Sammi Penni
Thanks! Do I have to edit each outbound link on my site? I've been posting with affiliate links since 2013.
4/9/16
Expert - Gold
travler.
See also  https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/96569?hl=en



You can also indicate if search engines should not follow certain links.

    1. From your Blogger dashboard, select Posts.
    2. Select a post and click Edit.
    3. Click Link.
    4. Select rel=’nofollow’.
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4/20/16
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Sameer's grasp of the World Wide Interwebs is.....something.
 
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