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Google Says My Site Violates Their Quality Guidelines But It Doesn’t


I don’t understand, Google has penalized my site dragonsteelmods.com saying it violates their quality guidelines. I have nofollow on 99.999999% of the links on the site just like they want, but apparently that’s not enough. What I don’t get is why Google won’t tell you exactly what you’re doing that violates the guidelines, you just have to guess.

I have a total of seven links that are not nofollow as far as I know. I use a plugin that adds nofollow to everything except what I manually change.

One of them leads back here to this site. – I guess I can’t link to myself?

One of them is the template designer – is it bad now to give the designer credit?

Two of them are paid text ads bought privately – I guess I can’t do that according to Google?

The last four are from the company Text Link Ads done automatically via a widget – I guess I have to remove them?

The site has been online since 2005 so there’s probably thousands of links, so seven out of thousands isn’t too bad I think.


I looked at their guidelines and I’m not violating anything.

This is from Google guidelines with my comments after them:

Quality guidelines – basic principles:

Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines.  – I do this, it’s product reviews and tech news for users to read and find out more, that’s all it is, nothing more, nothing less.

Don’t deceive your users. – I don’t deceive my users, what’s there is what’s there, plain and simple

Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you’d feel comfortable explaining what you’ve done to a website that competes with you, or to a Google employee. Another useful test is to ask, "Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn’t exist?" – I don’t do any tricks, I don’t even know any tricks. I’ll happily explain to anyone all of this and anything they want.

Think about what makes your website unique, valuable, or engaging. Make your website stand out from others in your field. – I have reviews that other sites don’t have. Companies do value my opinion but apparently Google doesn’t, or at least that’s how it seems to me.


Quality guidelines – specific guidelines:

Avoid the following techniques:

Automatically generated content  – I do not do this

Participating in link schemes – I do not do this

Creating pages with little or no original content – I don’t do this – I have over 800 ORIGINAL reviews. It’s a tech site so the other content is tech news and press releases just like other tech sites do. If you’re going to punish me for doing this then you have to punish all the other tech sites as well. 

Cloaking – I don’t do this

Sneaky redirects – I don’t do this

Hidden text or links – I don’t do this

Doorway pages – I don’t do this

Scraped content – I don’t do this

Participating in affiliate programs without adding sufficient value – I don’t do this

Loading pages with irrelevant keywords – I don’t do this

Creating pages with malicious behavior, such as phishing or installing viruses, trojans, or other badware – I don’t do this

Abusing rich snippets markup – I don’t do this

Sending automated queries to Google – I don’t do this

Engage in good practices like the following:

Monitoring your site for hacking and removing hacked content as soon as it appears – I do this

Preventing and removing user-generated spam on your site – I do this


So I’m confused, according to their own guidelines I don’t violate anything but yet I have a rank of zero now and they say I’m being de-listed and everything else they want to do to me..

Why I Want a Google Nexus 7


I need a new tablet, I did have a rather nice Acer Iconia A500 but I dropped it and shattered the screen sadly. I do have a small 7” and a big 10” left, but they’re not exactly name brand. The 10” tablet did cost quite a bit though, and it’s not bad overall, but it’s dated and not updated so I use the newer 7” one now.

Google Play Needs Credit Card for Free Purchases Now?



So this is annoying, I went to get a FREE ebook last night on Google Play and it’s asking me for a credit card? What the hell is up with that? This is one of the big reasons I hate iTunes, Apple says you need a credit card for free apps and games, which makes no sense to me at all. Why do I need to have a credit card for a free item?

I guess I sort of can understand with apps or games as there could be in-app purchases etc, but an ebook has no such things. Even then I’m loathe to leave my credit card linked to anything I don’t have to.

Got my kids an iPod Touch long ago and I sure don’t want them accessing iTunes with my card linked to it, just can’t fathom why really Apple or Google needs a credit card for free items? It makes no sense to me at all. I’ve honestly never bought anything on iTunes, I get them the free games and then once a month or so I check and add more and delete some they didn’t like. There’s plenty of free games there to never really have to buy anything, but yet they want a credit card for the free stuff….

I like the free eBooks, I like to get in on those Humble Bundle and other ebooks deals when I see them, but sometimes Google Play has classics I’ve never read listed for free, or ones that I would like to read again. I take my tablet with me to kids karate class where I get to sit for 2.5 hours and do nothing, so reading is my way of doing something constructive with the time.

Oh well… whatever.. such is life…