In this video, Matt Cutts discusses how you can tell if your site has an algorithm penalty from Google. The answer Matt gives is very long and complicated. He first states that if you have a manual action you will know by logging into webmaster tools. But an algorithm penalty is very hard to determine, because in some cases, you might not even have a penalty, you might just not be ranking as well as the other guy. This is a fairly interesting video, but it does lack any real core substance.
John Lincoln (MBA) is CEO of Ignite Visibility (a 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Inc. 5000 company) a highly sought-after digital marketing strategist, industry speaker and author of two books, "The Forecaster Method" and "Digital Influencer." Over the course of his career, Lincoln has worked with over 1,000 online businesses ranging from small startups to amazing clients such as Office Depot, Tony Robbins, Morgan Stanley, Fox, USA Today, COX and The Knot World Wide. John Lincoln is the editor of the Ignite Visibility blog. While he is a contributor, he does not write all of the articles and in many cases he is supported to ensure timely content.