gosman - 8:36 am on Jun 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
My site started loosing traffic earlier this year. With every update it got worse, we are now down about 80% on our traffic.
I read about people getting emails in WMT saying their site had been penalized, however I never got one of these messages, so I decided to send a message to Google via the re-inclusion request asking if me site was penalized.
28 days later I get a message back stating my site violates Google guidelines, Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site.
I went about the task of creating a spreadsheet of sites linking to mine. During this process I noticed a lot of blog type pages with poorly written content that had links to my site. I contacted the site owners and asked for the content to be removed, some have removed the content, but others haven't responded and the content still exists.
I uploaded my spreadsheet to Google docs, submitted another re-inclusion request, pointing to the spreadsheet and stating the action I have taken to have the content in question removed.
33 days later I get a reply from Google.
Your site violates Google guidelines, Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site.
How the hell can I can control who links to me? I have never bought any type of links, never participated in any type of linking scheme. We ran a student promotion a few years ago which got us mentioned on a lot of university sites which resulted in backlinks, so never had to.
Somebody has obviously paid for these blog type articles with the intent to get my site penalized and I now have no way back.
I've already let one member of staff go, and my other member of staff, who is my wife is now looking for a job.
6 years work down the drain.
Does anybody know a way of contacting Google other than the re-inclusion request form. I would just like a pointer on what I can do to get my site back ranking. The "Your site violates Google guidelines, Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site." Just don't help.