Msg#: 4285539 posted 2:24 pm on Mar 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
If you were hit by a algorithm update, a reconsideration request probably will not be effective. Google recently said that reconsideration requests are only for removing manual penalties placed on your site once you have fixed the issue.
However, they have also admitted to white lists to keep sites from being scored badly on specific algorithms. Perhaps a reconsideration request could get you on one of these white lists.
Msg#: 4285539 posted 9:15 pm on Mar 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
about a year ago, we definitely had a penalty. it took us while to find out what was wrong. we submit 2 reconsiderations and nothing. then we found the smoking gun. 2 days after that reconsideration was processed we came storming back.
we did great up until panda. In the past a reconsideration request would be processed in 2 weeks tops. I'm almost 4 weeks in waiting for the current on to be processed. I filed it after panda and removing boatloads of worthless user generated content. 2 hours after I processed it Matt came out with the algorithm shifts won't be helped by reconsiderations, I guess we'll see.
Msg#: 4285539 posted 10:00 pm on Mar 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
To me a reconsideration request would require that you know what was wrong with the site, be it an intentional issue or not. You can't re-assure them that it won't be an ongoing problem unless you know what "it" is to begin with.
That being said it can't hurt to try, there is little to lose.
Msg#: 4285539 posted 12:31 am on Mar 25, 2011 (gmt 0)
Simple answer - yes. I have five cases where a reconsideration request was followed by restored rankings in about a week. The forum here has other similar reports. I am also sure the requests always get read, but sometimes the answer is "no".