Has Google gotten overwhelmed by the number of RRs after Penguin or had I just reached a max number of RRs per site, if such thing exists?
It used to be that I would get some sort of response (mostly negative) in 2 weeks or just about. But for this particular site I got nothing in 5 weeks so far - is there something especially wrong with this site or does the fact that this is a 6th RR in the site's lifetime and 4th RR in the last year alone have something to do with it?
Is there anything I can deduce from the unusually long RR processing time for a site? Is 5 weeks all that bad, anyhow?
I think Matt Cutts or someone from Google answered this question. You can submit unlimited number of requests.
The folks at Google will take a look at your request only if your site is under their "manually penalized" list. You'd be better off improving your site further than regularly sending reconsideration requests.
Thanks, Sid, yes I should have explained the number of requests.
From my perspective, positive changes have been made before each RR, especially in the case of the last RR where I (hope to) hone in on the actual problem. But none of my previous changes seemed to have hit on the actual cause of the penalty (not banned but almost zero G referrals), that's why I kept changing things and submitting new RRs.
It took them 2 weeks or less to reject my 5 previous RRs. It's the last one that takes more than twice as long, and I'm just curious if there could be some good reason for that.
I've noticed the ones lately have been taking longer. I think they are getting a lot more, yes. Also, I've often wondered if there is some delay for submitting multiple reconsideration requests for a single site. For example, I had one where the first request took 2 weeks to respond to, the 2nd took 3 weeks, the 3rd took 4 weeks. It seemed like there was some extra delay because I would submit another one as soon as I got a (negative) response and then fix the site in the period while waiting for the request to actually be looked at.
Google has really drastically changed the way of reinclusions, they used to really want everything to be entirely algorithmic. Now they seem to want to review every site on the internet. (That they are sending any decent level of traffic to) They are even encouraging reinclusions now, they used to seem to be trying to hide the reinclusion feature.
I think there are so many people who don't understand that Penguin and Panda aren't manual reports and as such Google is overwhelmed with reconsideration requests. Perhpas that is the reason for the delay?