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Penalty... What to do next?
How to get a site back into Google?

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Msg#: 7516 posted 2:40 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hi All,

I have recently taken over a site that has some kind of penalty. 6 months ago (before I was working on it) it had a PR3 and ranked reasonably well. then it disappeared and went to the dreaded PR0. Now I have taken it over and am struggling to get it back up. I've cleaned it upcompletely, no optimisaiton at all, re-written the content as duplication was one issue, and the site has got back to a PR1. Rankings are still poor adn I haven't a clue where to go from here.

Any suggestions would be gratefully received.



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Msg#: 7516 posted 3:01 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

At least you've got some PR back well done, the best way forward now is to start building some good links & work on some more content for the site


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Msg#: 7516 posted 3:28 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have the same situation with one of our sites. 4 months ago it was worse then a PR0 - we had the grey bar :(
3 months ago the site went to a PR0 and then this month to PR1.

Before the site was penalised, it did have a PR4.

I think this is just going to be a long process of regaining Google's trust. We started by cleaning up the site and checking all our links and once this process had been completed it still took a couple of months to even get to a PR0.

Now, as tigger recommends, it a slow process of re-building the site's link popularity.

One question, when you do a backlink search on Google for your site, are any reported? A search for our site comes back with none even though before we were penalised we had a few hundred.


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Msg#: 7516 posted 3:46 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Trash the domain and start up a new one. Far less effort than trying to restore one that's been penalized.


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Msg#: 7516 posted 4:11 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Unfortunatley I'm not sure that dunping the domain is going to be an option at this stage. The site has several backlinks, none are showing in Google, but I thought that G. only listed those on sites over PR4, so I'm not too worried about that at this stage, other SEs are listing them.

SO I guess it'll be the regular updates and building the inbounds...:-D

I did read (somewhere in the archives) that removing a penalised site with a robots.txt file for a couple of months, then resubmitting it (making sure that it's squeaky clean) was likely to work. Anyone had any success with this?



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Msg#: 7516 posted 4:25 pm on Dec 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Trashing the site is a definate no-no. Would cost the client silly money to re-brand.

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