Google Targets German Link Networks Again

Google has penalized German link networks teliad.de and rankseller.de and has sent out mass manual action notifications because of unnatural link profiles.

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Yesterday Google’s Johannes Mehlem announced that the webspam team took manual action on German link networks. Google has sent out mass link penalty notifications to European webmasters, especially German ones in Google Webmaster Tools.

Google's Manual Penalty Notification
Google’s Manual Penalty Notification

It seems like the entire SEO and Online Marketing industry tried to figure out the affected link networks in the last few hours because Google won’t tell them. The conclusion of this research process, led by Sistrix in particular, is that pretty sure teliad.de and rankseller.de are the targeted networks, as they lost almost all of their rankings in search.

teliad.de lost rankings because of manual link penalty
Google search for “teliad”

If you are affected by these penalties, you need to follow the instruction in your Webmaster Tools notification to clean your link profile. Watch the video below for some advice by Google’s Matt Cutts:

You should check out the documentary of Google about unnatural links to know what to do and what to avoid.


Published by Daniel Herndler on August 18, 2014

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Daniel Herndler works as SEO & Analytics Manager for global brands and international companies. Daniel is also speaker at conferences like Search Marketing Expo (SMX) Munich and Content Day. He blogs on seomotion.org and some other blogs and platforms about SEO and online marketing topics, trends and news ... and sometimes about his entire life. At his current tasks as SEO and Analytics expert at LOOP - a worldwide leading digital agency - he's specialized on conception, innovation, experience and building brand awareness in search. You can follow Daniel on Twitter at @DanielHerndler and on !

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