Manual Penalties From Social Media Links!?

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Issue #126
May 7th, 2019

Hey, lunch buddies.  I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I’ve been fighting a cold for the past two weeks but it didn’t stop me from getting outside and enjoying the nice weather we (finally) are getting here in Minnesota.

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What You Need To Know

Article: Can social media links lead to a manual Google penalty?

What’s important?
Bill Hartzer writes about a report of a user receiving a manual link penalty from Google. In the message, Google lists a few links from the social platform

Nick’s take:
I’m hesitant to go all in on the idea that social media links can contribute to manual penalties. I’m guessing that this website has a very low-quality link profile and these specific links might be located on an especially irrelevant section of Reddit.

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Nick LeRoy
Nick LeRoy
Nick has 10+ years of SEO consulting experience building and executing strategies for clients ranging from multi-billion dollar consumer packaged goods to fashion entities with hundreds of physical store locations. He also writes the weekly SEO newsletter #SEOForLunch that allows you to stay up to date with industry updates in the amount of time it takes you to eat your lunch.

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