JackR - 1:10 pm on Nov 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'd like to ask who has received the message below from the Webspam Team following a Reconsideration Request. The request was submitted just five days ago and whilst this is good news, my homepage remains absent for all and any keyword searches since moving to a new host roughly 3 weeks ago.
I'm not sure whether to sit tight and wait some more to see whether the homepage naturally returns to the SERPs (it is indexed), or whether to take some drastic action like rewriting a major URL or two.
It has been suggested on the Webmaster Groups that as my homepage text has been copied in snippets all over the web, it might be best to start there with a thorough rewrite.
Before I do anything, I'd just like to toss this into the air for discussion. What would you guys do after receiving this message?:
Dear site owner or webmaster of http://www.example.com/, We received a request from a site owner to reconsider http://www.example.com/ for compliance with Google's Webmaster Guidelines. We reviewed your site and found no manual actions by the webspam team that might affect your site's ranking in Google. There's no need to file a reconsideration request for your site, because any ranking issues you may be experiencing are not related to a manual action taken by the webspam team. Of course, there may be other issues with your site that affect your site's ranking. Google's computers determine the order of our search results using a series of formulas known as algorithms. We make hundreds of changes to our search algorithms each year, and we employ more than 200 different signals when ranking pages. As our algorithms change and as the web (including your site) changes, some fluctuation in ranking can happen as we make updates to present the best results to our users. If you've experienced a change in ranking which you suspect may be more than a simple algorithm change, there are other things you may want to investigate as possible causes, such as a major change to your site's content, content management system, or server architecture. For example, a site may not rank well if your server stops serving pages to Googlebot, or if you've changed the URLs for a large portion of your site's pages. This article has a list of other potential reasons your site may not be doing well in search. If you're still unable to resolve your issue, please see our Webmaster Help Forum for support. Sincerely, Google Search Quality Team