Google has decided to add a new feature to their webmaster toolkit that will leave webmaster’s with absolutely no doubts as to whether or not a website’s search engine ranking is being influenced manually by web spam.
The new feature is a viewer that is called the Manual Actions. The feature is available as of August 8, 2013 and webmasters can find it under the table that is labeled “Search Traffic”. The new feature goes hand and hand with the emails that Google has already started sending out when they have decided to take action against a website that is using spam.
According to Google, less than 2% of all the domain names indexed with the search engine are being removed as a result of spam. In fact, most of the website owners who use this feature are not going to find anything. The will just receive a message telling them that the tool did not find any web spam on their website.
However, if a website is affected by this new change the tool will show all of the existing problems that the website has with spam. The tool is going to alert website owners if they are keyword stuffing, using thing content, hiding text, or if something is just outright spam.
Naturally, there is also a button labeled “Request Review”. This button is for website owners to ask Google to look over their website a second time. When they submit this button they also include a statement saying what they have changed to make the website not spam anymore. The purpose of this tool is just to open the lines of communication between Google and website owners about web spam.