As reported previously, the famous (infamous?) Corn Sheller site has fallen victim to the dreaded Google Thin Content Manual Site Action penalty. As a result, rankings have dropped from page 1 to page 6 and revenue has tanked. In this episode, I talk about mounting a response and making some on-site changes prior to submitting a reconsideration request. I also introduce a new segment called “Late Night Traffic Tips” where I discuss the value of leaving comments on other people's blogs.
Here are the highlights of the things I have shared in this episode:
- I recall how I was slapped with a Google Manual Site Action and what this can mean to your internet business if you will end up with one: it will not totally sink it but it will make it go down farther in the search engines and you will end up chunks of revenue lost.
- The history of how my Corn Sheller site came about and some tips that come with it on things to consider when you decide what website to build.
- My action plans on what to do in the following months so that Google will remove the penalty once I submit my site reconsideration request.
- Increase amount of content about corn shellers by about 10 pages using 10 most sought-of keywords in line with this topic.
- Determine and choose the top 2-3 pages which are most search for in eBay to show sales content rather than posting all 15 repurposed pages.
- On the thin pages, I will add 500-800words of unique content at the top of the pages.
- Optimize SEO page by page.
- Remove pages such as Category, Tag and Archive pages from the Google Index.
- Late Night Traffic Tip: Don’t forget about blog commenting. It influence search engine rankings, creates traffic on its own and makes the internet a better place. Go to a blog in your niche, leave a helpful comment which will engage the community and it can redirect some kind of reference back to your website. Either Google is going to notice that natural link back to your site and may be taken into consideration in ranking or a reader of your thoughtful comment might go ahead and check your site out.
- What’s in store for Episode 100!
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Episode Responding To A Google Thin Content Manual Site Action Transcript
This week on the Late Night Internet Marketing Podcast we pick up our discussion about the Cornsheller site. You’ll recall that I got a Google manual site action. Today I start to reveal my plan and the actions that I’m taking to try and get that penalty removed.
All that and more on the Late Night Internet Marketing Podcast…
I hope you’re having a fantastic week. Hopefully by now all of the feed problems that we experienced over the last month are gone and you have this episode and the last episode in your player. Again, I apologize for that and thank you for your patience on that.
Also, I had similar problems over at the Late Night Internet Marketing Minute, my other podcast that I would encourage you to listen to if you’re interested in this getting started with affiliate marketing topics. That’s a short format podcast where I just spend a couple of minutes a few times a week talking about various topics on affiliates and internet marketing. That feed is fixed and working as well and I think you might enjoy that show.
This week I’ve been spending some time going back and looking at the Cornsheller site. What I’d like to do is share that journey with you in the hopes that you can actually learn something from that to apply to your own sites.