Once again, I’m writing, and it’s 5 am. I’m watching the fire in the fireplace, and the darkness is surrounding me. I’ve started to get used to having snow outside, but yesterday, it started melting. That might be the sign of what was coming to me. I love snow, and the winter is amazing, walking outside, just looking outside at nature covered in white.
Once again, I’ve been hit by Google, and I just don’t have a clue what I’ve been doing wrong. The first time it happened, was when I was testing Google Adsense on my site. It didn’t take long, before I received an email from The Google AdSense Team, saying that I had done something that was “unnatural” and hence, I was being banned from using AdSense.
Yesterday, I received a new email from Google, but this time it was from Google Webmaster Tools, telling me that, again, I had been doing something “unnatural”:
Google has detected a pattern of artificial or unnatural links on this site. Selling links or participating in link schemes in order to manipulate PageRank is a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. As a result of unnatural links from your site, Google has applied a manual spam action to slymarketing.com/. There may be other actions on your site or parts of your site.
I still don’t understand what I’ve been doing. I don’t accept guest posts anymore, and I hardly ever link to external sites, and I don’t participate in link building schemes and I don’t sell links. I’m not saying that it’s not my fault, because it probably is – but I just don’t know what I’ve done.
Right now, I’m thinking that I’m kind of happy that I’m not a professional blogger, because an email like this from Google might have destroyed my business or at least it would mean loss of income.
It might be too much to ask for, but since Google is a huge corporation with close to 54000 employees, I’d like an email explaining exactly what I’ve been doing wrong (and maybe even a warning before receiving manual spam action). Like I said, it might be too much to ask for, since there are a lot of websites in the world. But, receiving a manual spam action like this, feels like a kick in the guts from someone you thought was your friend.
What I’ll be doing
The first thing I did, was to install a plugin that helped make all my links “nofollow”. I am not sure if this is that important, but that’s what I did, because I feel desperate for a solution.
I am not exactly sure what I’ll be doing next to make this right. But, I’ve been thinking about contacting Google, but that didn’t work the last time. I know that I’ll be working hard, reading, and trying to find out what’s been happening to my site. It might have been hacked, and I need to find out what’s been going on.
I might contact someone that can help me. I need help finding a solution, and I need help explaining what happened. I need to understand it, because I really don’t want this to happen to me again.