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Miguel Gaton

Manual actions - Spammy structured markup

I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 

I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 
My URL is: 


We have received that manual action email:

Spammy structured markup

Markup on some pages on this site appears to use techniques such as marking up content that is invisible to users, marking up irrelevant or misleading content, and/or other manipulative behavior that violates Google's Rich Snippet Quality guidelines

After regarding all content and code, we can not find the issue on the markup.

Could you help us?

The site is www.nutridieta.com and the manual action affects all site.

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Ben  Griffiths
Ben Griffiths
Hi there,

Perhaps it would be easiest if you could rundown all the various markup types you have implemented, how and why. Be honest if you want help lifting the penalty.

First off, I note ratings with zero reviews?

Leeza R
Leeza R
hi Miguel,

So sorry to hear about the penalty . As I come up the learning curve with the schema.org vocabulary, I am having a hard time figuring out which (if any) vocab can be marked up and not visible to the user. An example would be geocoordinates, or even something like a company DUNS number. I keep wondering if all of that content needs to display to the user. 

A quick question for you which would help us understand how G viewed your markup..
           What is your structured data count in Webmaster tools?  It is found under  Search Appearance----> Structured Data

Have you seen a change in the structured data count for any particular Data Type in the period prior to receiving the penalty?  In the graph details, you can click thru each data type and see the number of URL's being counted by G.  And did your Structured Data Count ever ~match what you had marked up?

Thanks for posting your story. I am very interested in why you received a penalty. I am having an issue with one of my data type counts going to 0 and I am starting to get worried.

wow, this is new
Ben  Griffiths
Ben Griffiths
Not unexpected though. Google has had a "report rich snippets abuse" tool for a while.

What is manual today is algorithmic tomorrow - time to read the guidelines again, everyone?

Hi Miguel

I have only looked at your home page.

All the markup on each article snippet is being displayed on home page.

So you are creating conflicting information for a search engine.

I also noticed that you have Authorship attached and Publisher on Page

You should not have Authorship on your Sites Pages only Publisher.

Authorship should only be on Articles that you authored.

Look at it this way ( You created the articles that appear on the Front Page, Feeding page, Fats page) BUT you did not author the pages, these pages Host the articles and therefore are publishers.

Hope this helped

No worries for the delay. Your reply also disappeared from my mail client; luckily enough I saw it on my phone and managed to retrieve it.
Thanks again for outlining the general purpose of markups so clearly. I wish it was as clear from the beginning in GG guidelines. Lots of corrections to make on my websites...
Thanks again
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