A search engine penalty is the demotion of a web page or website in search results. Minor issues may prevent a page from ranking well; major issues such as Google's Manual Action or Bing's "Blocked" status may prevent an entire domain from showing in search results at all.

A search engine penalty is the demotion of a web page or website in search results. Minor issues may prevent a page from ranking well; major issues such as Google's Manual Action or Bing's "Blocked" status may prevent an entire domain from showing in search results at all.