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What To Do When Google Doesn't Accept Your Reconsideration Request

What To Do When Google Doesn't Accept Your Reconsideration Request | Google Penalty World |
On August 15, 2012, our agency's website (which was in the middle of a complete redesign) was hit with a manual penalty by our friends over at Google.
Robin Good's insight:

Here is a detailed report by founder Lewis Sellers, of how his web agency in the UK, Pinpoint Designs, got hit by a Google penalty without having consciously done anything tricky, and how it gradually found a way to get this penalization revoked.

Key takeaways:

  1. Start by building up a list of all the links pointing to your website - This is extremely easy. Login to Open Site Explorer, Google Webmaster Tools and use other websites such as Ahrefs or Majestic SEO. ...

  2. Work to remove those links hard - Removing links isn't easy, there are numerous sites out there that will help remove links from you, but it's a fairly slow process. ...

  3. If you can't remove links - If you can't remove links, use the Google Disavow tool. That being said, don't use it unless absolutely necessary. ...

  4. Write good quality content - Show Google that you can write good content. Make sure that all the content on your website is unique, up to date and interesting...

  5. Spend time on your reconsideration request - Google must receive hundreds, if not thousands, of reconsideration requests each and every week. Rather than sending in a paragraph, spend some time telling them what you've done wrong and most importantly, be honest. Tell them why you think you've been targeted, what you've done to rectify it and how it won't happen again.

But there is a lot more useful stuff in the article, including all the steps taken, tools used and what to do if Google says no to your Reconsideration Request.

Interesting. Useful. Informative. Resourceful. 8/10

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Google Panda 3.2 Update Confirmed

Google Panda 3.2 Update Confirmed | Google Penalty World |

"Google has confirmed reports of a Panda update with us.

[Google] told us they have done a data refresh of the Google Panda algorithm about a week ago, and added that there were no additional signals or algorithm changes. This was only a data refresh.

I saw reports over the past week or so of webmasters commenting about their rankings. Most were complaining that they lost rankings, but some said sites that were originally hit by Panda regained their traffic levels pre-Panda. This would explain the data refresh, where Google ran the algorithm and updated the sites that should or should not have been touched by Panda."

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(thanks to Giuseppe Mauriello)

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The Google Penalization Guide: Everything You Wanted To Know About It

The Google Penalization Guide: Everything You Wanted To Know About It | Google Penalty World |

Robin Good: If you are looking to understand more about Google penalizations, whether "algorithmic" (like Google Panda) or "manual", here is a great guide by David Harry to dive into.

Key sections in this guide include:

  • Have You Been Penalized?
  • What Can You Get Penalized For?
  • Diagnosing a Google Penalty
  • How to Deal With a Google Penalty
  • Dealing with Algorithm Changes
  • What Data to Keep for the SEO Doctor

Recommended. 8/10

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Google Penalizes Web Pages With Too Many Ads "Above The Fold"

Google Penalizes Web Pages With Too Many Ads "Above The Fold" | Google Penalty World |

From the article: "Similar to how last year’s Panda Update works, Google is examining sites it finds and effectively tagging them as being too ad-heavy or not.

If you’re tagged that way, you get a ranking decrease attached to your entire site (not just particular pages) as part of today’s launch.

If you reduce ads above-the-fold, the penalty doesn’t instantly disappear. Instead, Google will make note of it when it next visits your site. But it can take several weeks until Google’s “push” or “update” until the new changes it has found are integrated into its overall ranking system, effectively removing penalties from sites that have changed and adding them to new ones that have been caught."

From Google’s post on its Inside Search blog yesterday:

"We’ve heard complaints from users that if they click on a result and it’s difficult to find the actual content, they aren’t happy with the experience.

Rather than scrolling down the page past a slew of ads, users want to see content right away.

So sites that don’t have much content “above-the-fold” can be affected by this change. If you click on a website and the part of the website you see first either doesn’t have a lot of visible content above-the-fold or dedicates a large fraction of the site’s initial screen real estate to ads, that’s not a very good user experience.

Such sites may not rank as highly going forward.

Google also posted the same information to its Google Webmaster Central blog."

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