Let me tell how we got labeld PURE SPAM: Our website(s) are shopping comparison sites; we shop and compare eBay online auctions, Amazon merchants and Bizrate items. We had affiliate links to each and every product that our buyers searched for on our websites. We made some pretty good cash doing this.
Well, on February 6th, 2015: we did our quarterly update to our Google Sitemaps. We added a few more links to some websites and removed links in others. Well, that was a BAD idea, the next week all of our online shopping comparison websites were labeld "PURE SPAM" by Google. Our websites were removed from Google and that was the beginning of the end of our online affiliate business.
In early December 2014; Google sent us messages via the Google Webmaster Tools. We got messages for all of our websites. We followed the instructions as listed. Little good that did!
Improve the search presence of https://bidnbuyit.com/
To: Webmaster of https://www.bidnbuyit.com/
Google systems show that you recently verified your site in Webmaster Tools (or created a site with Blogger or Google Sites which does this automatically). We have some tips to help you get the most of this free service and maximize your site performance on Google Search.
|1|| Add all your website versions
Make sure you add both "www" and "non-www" versions for your site. Also, if you use the HTTPS protocol, add those variations as well.
|2|| Select your preferred version
Choose whether you want your site to appear with or without "www" in Google Search.
|3|| Select target country
Set your geographic preference if your site targets users in a specific country.
|4|| Share access with co-workers
If you want other people to access your reports, you can add different access levels.
|5|| Submit a sitemap file
This helps Google better understand how to crawl your site.
|•||Learn more details about site verification and how to set permissions for other users.|
|•||Get help in setting a preferred domain or setting a geographic target.|
|•||Learn what a sitemap is and how to manage it.|
|•||Ask questions in our forum for more help—mention message type [WNC-376106])|
Then in early January 2015 we got this message below, once again for most of our websites.
Fix mobile usability issues found on https://onebigauction.com/
To: webmaster of https://onebigauction.com/
Google systems have tested 27 pages from your site and found that 100% of them have critical mobile usability errors. The errors on these 27 pages severely affect how mobile users are able to experience your website. These pages will not be seen as mobile-friendly by Google Search, and will therefore be displayed and ranked appropriately for smartphone users.
Find problematic pages
View a report of the non-mobile-friendly pages found on your site, and the issues discovered.
Learn about mobile-friendly design
There are a variety of techniques you can use to make your site mobile-friendly. Specifically, look for information about the issues brought up in Webmaster Tools.
|3||Fix mobile usability issues on your site
Fix the issues preventing your site from being mobile-friendly.
So, we jumped through Googles hoops as listed above; We created a new template that would be more easily accessible by all users. We updated our websites then we rescanned our websites to create updated Google Sitemaps. We then uploaded these sitemaps to our server and then submitted them to Google, ASK, Yahoo and Bing.
On February 7th, 2015 we noitced a huge drop in traffic on all of our websites. Then we got the de-indexed message from Google.
Google has detected that some of your pages may be using techniques that are outside our Webmaster Guidelines.
It's a shame what Google has done to affiliate marketing websites! The end to fair competition... :(
Bottom-line: Don't update your sitemaps anytime soon; don't include to many affiliate links on your webpages. The million dollar question, "How many affiliate links is to much?"
You can now download Pure Spam Image for your website