Datafeedr is a WordPress plugin that handles data feeds, or lists of affiliate products to build a store within a blog. I asked myself a few days ago – does Google Hate Datafeedr? Seems like kind of a weird query doesn’t it? Not really, because I saw a flurry of posts about Datafeedr coupled with the words “penalty” and “de-indexing”. Those are the types of forum and blog posts you see when Search engines starts to target something in really index.
It happened with MFA (Made for AdSense) web site, plus it happened with BANS (Build a Niche Store). Google saw people actively building lots of web sites it believed were “thin affiliate sites”, or sites that mostly affiliate hyperlinks and no real original content (or value). Here is more info about scraping google look into our webpage.
When this happens, Google looks for a definable footprint, like a “powered by” link or something in the program code. Then Google adds it to the algorithm, and the following days all kinds of people that had sights that were in Google’s latest target group discovered themselves with little or no traffic quite suddenly.
So , my answer can be – Google doesn’t hate Datafeedr as a tool or a WordPress wordpress plugin, or even people that use it. What Search engines hates is people that abuse this, that create thin affiliate sites, which don’t have any real value or content material.
What is a Google Penalty?
If you have a web site, it’s ranked in Google on a ‘pagerank’ scale of 1-10. The higher your number, the greater your authority, the greater searches you come up for, the greater traffic you get, the more money you make. Google likes web sites and blogs with original content. Search engines likes stores with original content material that sell their own products. Search engines hates affiliates that get a datafeed or some links and create an online store with no content and scraped or copied content simply for the purpose of making affiliate commissions. In order to Google you’re no better than the scraper or spammer. Google will not mind if you have a site with original content where you link to, review, or even suggest products – as long as your own products don’t overwhelm your content. If this does Google calls you a “thin affiliate” site – heavy upon affiliate links, and light upon content.
IF Google finds you (and some sites go many years without getting caught for some reason) to be a ‘thin affiliate’, any number of items could happen:
1 . You could get banned from AdSense (if you use it on that site), or at least get your ads pulled from displaying on that will site
2 . You could lose pagerank
3. You could become “unranked” or pagerank zero
4. You could stay ranked, but not show up in search outcomes
5. You could be unranked, appear in search results, but get no traffic
6. You could be temporarily (or permanently) removed from Google search results altogether (deindexed)
7. You could receive any of the above for 30, 60, 90, or even 120 days – or even as much as one year
I have received ever one one of the above penalties over the last two years on one of my web sites, and all sorts of them are now back on the Google index and in good standing.