Thin content is content that is expressed through written words on websites that provides little to no value to the user.
Here are some examples of what Google considers to be thin content:
The May Day update on May 1, 2010 and the Panda update in 2011. These updates cracked down on thin content, content farms, as well as other quality issues.
Yes, there is a manual penalty for thin content that was introduced in 2013. In your site manually reviewed by Google and the penalty is applied, you will get a notice about "Thin content with little or no added value" in Google Search Console.
Review your content and either remove the pages, or add additional value to the effected page with unique content that reader will find valuable.
No, Google favours the best results that match the search intent of the user and servers up popular and useful content in its search results. There was a point years ago were implementing thin content got some short-term results, however, Google identified and put a stop to this practice.
The easiest way to find thin content on your website is to use a tool, like an SEO audit. Most audit reports will identify pages with low word count as well as duplicate content issues.
Yes, there is very little value in thin content and you can actually be preventing your pages from rankings, or even worse, putting yourself at risk to potential search engine penalties.
Instead, focus on in-depth, quality content that people (and search engines) value. Google has become much smarter at learning and distinguishing pages that are valued by users by evaluating metrics like bounce rate, scroll rate, time spent on the site and page and clickthrough rate.
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