| 3:32 pm on Dec 12, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Not to bring you down, but don't you think this is a Pyrrhic victory? This sounds like you might as well just abandon the plagued site and completely re-build it elsewhere. Guys at Google just wasted 4 months of your time and efforts.
None of what you indicated as things that you fixed looks like a malpractice that should make Google punish your site. And if it did in fact help fixing the problem, it means that Google is punishing websites for innocent technical problems that may not even be considered problems outside Google's own algorithm. You have a sitewide link to the homepage? What's more natural than that!? You have several different ways to present your own content? Who can know better than you whether it's appropriate or not? Why is it considered duplication and why is duplication bad?
This may be just me but your coming out of the -30 does not really inspire me and just makes me want to send Googlebot away next time they come around.
| 3:43 pm on Dec 12, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Have you also seen a return to previous levels of GOOGLE TRAFFIC?
My site no longer sits at position 29plus for a search for www.mysite.com BUT my Google search traffic is STILL minimal at best.
| 4:03 pm on Dec 12, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I don't think this is an "algo" imposed penalty. I now believe this is a human imposed penaly!
I have been a webmaster for 6 years now and the Google of yesteryear ALWAYS dealt with "infractions" through an innovative algorithum.
I have (until recently) always poo-pooed the idea that some human penalized my site - how un-Google could you get!
BUT I have recently read a white paper (Googlespamguide.rtf) that instructs HUMAN auditors on what to look for when scanning web pages/sites found in the search results to determine if PENALTIES ARE WARRANTED!
Now it seems that the search results are being "PATROLED" by some low paid college kids and it is they who are determining our sites destiny.
This is so pitiful it makes me want to spit!
| 9:00 pm on Dec 12, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|This sounds like you might as well just abandon the plagued site and completely re-build it elsewhere. |
That's what I've decided to do, except I'm going to rebuild it in the same place because of some decent backlinks.
In my case my site would not pass a human inspection if I were to file a another re-inclusion request. It's kind of a mash-up site with info available from other places on the web. Nobody misses my site at the moment.
| 2:33 am on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
mine will pass inspection IMO in less than a week (still finishing something) meanwhile I have placed a noindex on all pages. In a few days I will remove it from the good pages hoping G does it automatically after it reindexes the better pages.
Has anyone gotten it removed automatically and how long after G processed /got the new pages?
| 8:27 pm on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Yes - traffic up significantly.
One of other sites which had "duplicate properties" also back on page 1.
| 10:11 pm on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Nice one, good for you.
Walkman it can take a few weeks for G to recognise new pages.
You're brave putting a no robots on pages, won't this affect MSN and Y! Do you not get any traffic from them?
| 10:12 pm on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
When you got the duplicate content sorted out, how long was it before your domain url went back to no1?
| 6:49 pm on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I used the no index only for google. Now I am going to see if the penalty can be taken out automatically.
| 7:10 pm on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Day late but,
Happy birthday to jwc2349 website penalty.
| 7:52 pm on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)|
We're on day 44, where's our congrats then?
| 8:15 pm on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Wow.. been away for a little while from the computer.. was nice to see more posts in this topics.. but very depressing to see the same old.
If this is indeed a human imposed penalty then what is the guideline to make some collegekid sitting in his basement approve our sites? I highly doubt google would give this sort of power out like candy.
| 8:48 pm on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)|
What 1yr 44days!
Jeez you'd think G would have sent you a free lava lamp for that.
C'mon Sir M Cutts etc surely the masters of the -31 deserve a free lamp.
| 10:03 pm on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Now, Now Appi, not 1 year 44 days, just the 44days, thank you!
Site's been transformed since then, drop by and have a look.
The dreaded frames are now gone/going (thank God), navigation a lot better etc.
| 2:06 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I just lost another white hat website to the 4 page penalty. Again it was a manual ban. The website was reviewed earlier this year and it passed (no penalty) so it depends on who is checking your site.
| 7:45 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)|
How do you know this?
| 8:42 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Google IP visiting my site 2 days earlier. It was not a normal visit because my sites are non-English. Heck, I even have a travel site with 5 visitors per day and Google guys come there searching for a reason to ban/penalize.
All of my 4 page penalties have been manual so I doubt it is any different with your sites.
Two words: affiliate links. Read the re-inclusion page and especially the part about "benefiting directly from search engine traffic". Google hates affiliates and the 4 page penalty has been designed for sites that follow Google guidelines BUT have too much affiliate content/links. Many webmasters out there have dropped 4 pages down and have no idea why and think they just need more backlinks to get back to pg 1. It's a clever idea but too bad for Google it's now public and webmasters are angry.
[edited by: tedster at 8:51 pm (utc) on Dec. 15, 2006]
| 11:45 pm on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)|
b2net, rumors are that if G uses humans, they use students hired as temp workers to evaluate the sites. Given the large number of sites I'd say that makes sen$e. Unless, a goog employee makes the final decision to penalize a site: they could have two students look at a site and if they disagree, an engineer makes the final call.
During updates a LOT more sites come and go, so I doubt they can increase the intensity by that factor during updates. Did you do any tracing of the IP? Google has a gazillion services...
One thing is becoming clear: you need to file a re-inclusion request. I have yet to hear from someone who came back after a 30+ penalty after cleaning up without re-inclusion. Adam had indicated that it is possible to fix and wait, but I am not sure if the algo does the determination or...is it the same people who periodically review sites for changes? Maybe the wait is long enough that we will hear later about the automatic fix.
| 1:30 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|Two words: affiliate links. Read the re-inclusion page and especially the part about "benefiting directly from search engine traffic". Google hates affiliates |
Yes. Now I also think so. From that that I saw before - It is the most plausible reason. Now we just need to know the critical level of affiliate links which is triggers the penalty.
|One thing is becoming clear: you need to file a re-inclusion request. I have yet to hear from someone who came back after a 30+ penalty after cleaning up without re-inclusion. |
Absolutely not. My site was recovered without reinclusion request. I didn't sent a request just because as you can see from their disclaimer, if you are filling a request, you plead guilty. I'm not guilty. My site is clean, my site is related, my site has lot of related links and unique content. I'm not guilty just because I have a few ads on my site which G dislike. These are their problems - not mine!
Everybody loves money. Looks like G likes money too much, and can manipulate their own ranking, violating their own principles, just for forcing sites to use G's adsense. Well, congrats to G!
| 2:03 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|I didn't sent a request just because as you can see from their disclaimer, if you are filling a request, you plead guilty. I'm not guilty. |
Absolutely agreed. I can't understand why there aren't more complaints about this.
| 3:50 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I think the reason for the lack of complaints, is everyone wants a quiet life/people are scared if they complain they to will be gone with the wind.
If there was true competition this probably wouldn't happen, but to have true competition you need at least the perception that the other guys search engine is as good. I say perception as I can't think of a real way to validate or assess how good a search engine is, apart from the obvious such as if you search for cookies and one returns results for trucks. So it all comes down to hype and one mans poison is anothers beer etc, etc lardy da.
| 4:40 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)|
>> I didn't sent a request just because as you can see from their disclaimer, if you are filling a request, you plead guilty. I'm not guilty.
well, guess what: you/me/we are guilty. Goog is judge, jury and the executioner :)
Andrew, did I miss your post on coming back (time it took and what did you do)? Can you pleae point me to it. Congrats and Thanks
| 10:46 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)|
new (ok, from Nov 28th 06) info:
I don't think I can link, and don't want to make Tedster's job harder, but here is Adam exaplaining why a unique site might be plagued with the 30+:
"Also, I'm not seeing a whole lot of textual or unique non-multimedia content. When I click on "News" on the top of your page, I get a banner ad. No, I mean, ONLY a banner ad. Oops :)
So it's possible that for this and other reasons, our Googlebot didn't have much to go on. "
seems like Gbot sends it to 30+ if not enough "unique" info is seen. Just one more piece of the puzzle...and this suggests an automatic penalty. Here Adam, once again, suggests a reinclusion request. Maybe because it's faster, or because Gbot can get confused at times (image & video sites for example), and humans need to override it.
| 11:37 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I went +30 on August 3, came back today at NO.1 for my domain name, and rankings somewhat recovered on all search terms.
Lets hope it sticks
| 11:42 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Congratulations! What things did you do that triggered the recovery? Please be specific.
| 12:12 am on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|Andrew, did I miss your post on coming back (time it took and what did you do)? Can you pleae point me to it. Congrats and Thanks |
You have not missed anything. I'm telling about my returning to the top positions, and to returning to -30 again, a few weeks later.
Now, my site is somewhere on 30-40 positions....
| 12:21 am on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|"Also, I'm not seeing a whole lot of textual or unique non-multimedia content. When I click on "News" on the top of your page, I get a banner ad. No, I mean, ONLY a banner ad. Oops :) |
My site consists from unique text and text links on 95%. Only 5% - is pictures and few video info clips. And it still in the penalty ....
| 12:30 am on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I'm pretty sure, google will not let you out of a +30, for some change you made very recently, as then it would be giving away what causes it, however, things I have done in the last 4 months.
removed duplicate names from names database.
removed syndicated content
removed affiliate shopping cart that was a thin affiliate. not just removed the products, removed the pages.
removed heaps of links, and kept only links that were clearly good quality.
submitted a resubmission request with lots of polite cheery stuff, every 3 weeks, for 4 months, everytime i found a new problem, and fixed it.
| 2:00 am on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
>> I'm pretty sure, google will not let you out of a +30, for some change you made very recently, as then it would be giving away what causes it,
:) and submitting a re-inclussion request /subsequent removal of the penalty does not?
| 3:31 am on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
No, its doesn't
If you fix something today, and submit a reinclusion request tomorrow, I don't think it will work.
if you fix things over 2-3 months, and then submit a reinlcusion request, google may well have already decided that something you fixed 6 weeks prior, was enough for the penalty to be automatically removed, at some point down the track.
By submitting the recinlusion request, google may well wave the period still left on the penalty.
| 3:40 am on Dec 18, 2006 (gmt 0)|
so you believe there's a penalty for after you fix it? Meaning, you fix it today, get back 60 days later? I keep reading that people are getting back in within a week /10 days after submitting that's why. But I see your point; we don't know so anything can be possible.
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