How to check Webmaster Tools for a Google Penalty

I have seen a lot of site owners who are confused about how to determine whether Google has penalized their site or not.  If you have a manual penalty then you will have a notification in your manual actions viewer.  However, you may or may not see a message in your messages center.  You can still have a manual action even if your messages center is not showing a penalty message.

The video below explains how to check for a manual action:
 

 

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