Msg#: 3260965 posted 1:10 am on Feb 23, 2007 (gmt 0)
Submitted a re-inclusion request to Google almost 4 weeks ago and still no reply. Does it usually take this long? Or should I just assume they consider my site too black-hat to be bothered with responding to?
For what it's worth, no I don't use black-hat techniques. I recently purchased an expired domain (I didn't know it was previously owned) which has still not been included in the index so I thought it wouldn't hurt to just submit a re-inclusion request, although I would have expected at least a standard boilerplate reply.
Msg#: 3260965 posted 3:37 pm on Feb 23, 2007 (gmt 0)
Keep sending it every few weeks. Make sure you acknowledge what you think may have caused the ban, and what you've done to correct it. It took me three tries over maybe six weeks to get a client site back into the index after 26 months of being completely banned - and after telling me initially that the site was indeed banned, Google never did respond - the site just showed up in the index one day. Took another three months to get any kind of SERP positions, and now it's doing well.
This is for a site that was totally banned with no pages in the index. If your problem is that you're indexed but not ranking, I'm not sure a reinclusion request is going to do any good.
And as I always say, it never hurts to ask someone else to take an objective look at your site to see if a fresh pair of eyeballs can spot something you don't.
Msg#: 3260965 posted 11:33 am on Feb 24, 2007 (gmt 0)
do you know why the site may have been taken from googles index? and have you checked out its information on the google webmaster tools? I've never dealt with a re-inclusion request, some of my domains have been taken from the index over time, but only usually b ecause i took the domain down, they popped back in there as soon as the domains popped back up usually.
Msg#: 3260965 posted 1:23 am on Feb 25, 2007 (gmt 0)
Well it wasn't taken down/out from the index per se. It never actually got in. My suspicion is that it's due to some kind of expired domain penalty/filter. At this stage, I'm prepared to just wait it out to see if the filter expires, if I don't get a reply for my reinclusion request (not that I have any other choice).