Google has 12 new types of manual action penalties that involve violation of Google News and Google Discover policies. This is the first time that any website can get a manual sanction for violation of policies related to Google News and Discovery.
Google issues this manual sanction against a website when a human reviewer finds that the pages on the website are not compliant with the company’s quality guidelines. The Google help page does not clear whether the page will be deleted/demoted only from Discover and News, or whether the sanction will extend to Google Search as well.
Whatever, the main thing is that every website owner must sure to avoid these penalties. The manual actions are the most serious of all Google sanctions and need serious efforts to recover from them.Let us have a look at the 12 specific manual sanctions related to News and Discovery.
The only manual sanction specific to Google News concerns violations of the transparency policy. A site may be found in violation of the policy if it appears in the Google News and does not provide clear copy and dates, as well as information about the author, publication, publisher, company, or network behind and contact details.
There are mainly two manual penalties in Google Discover. They include:
There are nine manual penalties for violations of policies which are shared between Google News and Google Discover both. They include:
If you get a manual penalty from Google, recovery from this action is possible, but it takes time and work. All is not lost. When Google issues a manual penalty, it sends a message to the website owner through Search Console with steps on how to recover from it. Just follow the steps and clean up the things Google pinpointed and avoid these issues in the future by following the Webmaster Guidelines .