1script - 6:19 pm on Aug 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
Yeah, I pondered about that and I can probably move one or two of my banned sites to new domains. The rest of the sites have very nice hand-picked marketable (some are expensive) domain names. I am pretty much stuck here...
Some I did 301 redirects to new domains. I did this about 4 months ago. They are all indexed by G and get traffic.
Still haven't found what was it so egregious I've done that made them ban half of my sites. What do you guys think I should be looking for? Banning sites sounds like a "nuclear option" to me. As such, the reason(s) for it should be rather easy to spot, no? I hear people say:"go with a fine comb" but that's just the thing - it can't be a minute mistake, can it? Sounds like a rake should be more appropriate here.
I mean, it can't be external links, Google themselves had said so. I'm thinking of competitors "helping" with some links from unsavory places.
It can't be the html code of the pages themselves - I'm way past trying to put hidden keywords in there and I can't think of anything else so bad that can be hidden in the code.
It could be my own links to bad places but I have very few external outgoing links at all and all go to sites I personally reviewed.
So, anyway, is there a webmaster here that had a site banned who knows or has a good idea about why that was? Please, share! Knowing what to look for is going to be tremendously helpful.