| 6:41 pm on Jun 6, 2004 (gmt 0)|
You can e-mail google. Another option is to open a .net version and put the google "do not crawl" code on the first site.
| 10:04 pm on Jun 6, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Your message wasn't clear--have you already fixed all these turkey droppings? It would be a bad mistake to contact Google before doing the repairs -- like inviting the newspaper's restaurant reviewer back for a free meal before beginning to clean up the debris from the explosion in the kitchen.
| 10:34 pm on Jun 6, 2004 (gmt 0)|
You guys will be surprised that the home page of the site had on layer (hidden ofcourse) and that layer had a whole paragraph of text which was not even very focussed. This was the only thing which they were doing! I removed that layer and thats all i can do to make all the things legal. Also can you please give me the email address at google where i should email and what should I tell them? Thanks
| 10:51 pm on Jun 6, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Before contacting Google the site MUST BE CLEAN. Certainly every critical page should be clean.
However, I would also make sure that you have in fact been penalised. It could be just that the competition is fierce and the existing SEO is rubbish.
webmaster-AT-google.com¦subject=reinclusion request is as good an address¦subject as any.
Keep emails VERY CLEAR AND CONCISE. NO WAFFLE.
| 1:28 pm on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)|
In my email to google, do I specifically say that "we had hidden text" and be specific or Do I say " We had some content/practices which might be viewed as Spam" by google? Please help
| 2:11 pm on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)|
Don't forget to check out caveman's excellent thread A Dropped Site Checklist [webmasterworld.com], which may give you some valuable pointers.
| 3:01 pm on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)|
I would simply state that there were numerous faults on the whole site, but that it has been cleaned up and passed through and HTML validator (do a few key pages). I would not admit specific SEO faults (like hidden text).
That's me - others may have differing opinions.
In all such situations, put yourself in the position of the Google tech reading the email. You're busy so you don't want to have to re-read emails, etc so it must be clear and simple. Stating that there were faults on the site but that they have been fixed is just that - clear and simple. If you start listing those faults you are adding unnecessary complexity (IMHO).
It is worth stating that taken over site administration but don't make a big deal of it.
| 3:44 pm on Jun 10, 2004 (gmt 0)|
No need to contact Google.
There isn't something like a 'penalty'. Forget about that.
Fix the site and be patient.