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6/12/17
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andykelly000

Search Console notified me of Spammy Structured Data, but it isn't showing up in Manual Actions?

I was notified this weekend (6/10/2017) of the Spammy structured data manual action for one of my sites. Organic traffic from Google, around or on that same day, also seem to have been cut in half.

I made all necessary changes to the affected pages (about 25 in total), however, when I click Reconsideration Request it takes me right back to the Manual Actions page, which is in turn empty (https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/manual-action), showing 0 Manual Actions.

How do I get rid of this? It seems to be impacted traffic drastically, so if it is a bug on Google's end, I'd really like to find out how to remedy this.

Andy Kelly
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Suzanneh
6/12/17
Suzanneh
It can take a day or two after the original message for the action to show up in the manual action viewer.
6/14/17
Original Poster
andykelly000
I'm hoping that's the case, but it has been 4 days since the original message was received, and still no manual action. I even added the Directory purported to be affected, per a conversation with John Mueller, but to no avail. 

This is further compounded by the pressure of organic traffic (-50% or more) since the message was received.
Suzanneh
6/14/17
Suzanneh
>>This is further compounded by the pressure of organic traffic (-50% or more) since the message was received.

Which is a coincidence. This manual action doesn't affect ranking.  If JohnMu is telling you the problem isn't due to the snippets, the problem isn't due to the snippets.

I'm seeing a few reports that the Manual Action Viewer is taking longer to update than normal. Could be a disturbance in the force. I'll ask around.

Suzanne

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 11:52:26 AM UTC-4, andykelly000 wrote:
I'm hoping that's the case, but it has been 4 days since the original message was received, and still no manual action. I even added the Directory purported to be affected, per a conversation with John Mueller, but to no avail. 

This is further compounded by the pressure of organic traffic (-50% or more) since the message was received.
6/19/17
Original Poster
andykelly000

I don't buy the "coincidence" theory for a second. Spammy Structured Data was applied to one (1) subdirectory in the site – and the articles on that directory are now seeing 50-70% decreases in Google organic, while the rest of the site remains level or even up slightly.


JohnMu
6/20/17
JohnMu
Hi Andy
The manual action would be listed as "Spammy structured markup"  within the Partial Matches part of the manual actions feature in Search Console. It looks like you (or another site owner) also already submitted a reconsideration request for that, which is currently still under review. Once that manual action has been resolved, the partial match will be dropped and your site will be eligible for showing rich snippets in search again. As Susanneh mentioned, a manual action for Rich Snippets only affects whether or not the Rich Snippets will be shown in search, they wouldn't affect crawling, indexing, or ranking of those pages. If you're seeing a change there, then that would be due to other reasons (our algorithms are updated and re-evaluate sites regularly). 

Hope that helps!
John
 
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