A doorway page is one of the most famous types of search spam. A doorway is a site (or separate pages on a site) whose main function is to redirect users to another site. The initial site is usually practically devoid of content and useless to the site visitor. These sites often contain a lot of keywords.
In some cases doorway pages turn up after a site is hacked. In this case a lot of similar pages are created without the site's owner necessarily even noticing.
Yandex found this violation on my site. How can I fix it?
Re-examine what the point of your site is and add some useful content or functionality that you plan to develop further in the future. Your site should answer user queries and present a variety of information and/or services, rather than just redirecting users to other resources.
If doorway pages turned up on your site because it was hacked, you will need to delete those pages. You can read more about how to protect your site from various attacks in the Help section.
After correcting any such violations on your site, you can click I've fixed everything in the Security and violations section in Yandex.Webmaster. This way the robot will know that you've made changes.
You can click I've fixed everything for the same site again after one month. After this, to avoid misuse of this button, the waiting period will increase and may be up to three months. So we recommend clicking this button only when you are sure that your site doesn't have any more violations.
If several people have management rights to your site, a specific person should be delegated to re-send the site for checking at a particular time. None of the admins will be able to use the button again for a month.
I deleted everything. When will the restrictions be removed?
Restrictions are usually lifted within a month after the violations have been addressed.
I don't think that my site is a doorway; it has its own intrinsic value.
Click I've fixed everything. This will help the Yandex algorithms to correctly evaluate your site. If your site really isn't a doorway, then the restrictions will be lifted in due time.
I've done all this, but the restrictions haven't been lifted
- If your site was hacked, make sure that no doorway pages were left.
- Make sure that enough time has passed (more than a month) since you clicked I've fixed everything. If this isn't the case, it's possible that our algorithms haven't had time to track your site changes.