np2003 - 6:51 am on Jul 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
Damn, this is wierd. Anyone know wtf is happening?
I have a site that is under manual penalty, I got the "unnatural links" notice and my site bombed last year in the Panda update. Recently, I've been adding thousands of domains to the disavow tool and opened a reinclusion request.
On the 16/17, my site comes back from oblivion to page 1/2 for three really competitive search terms. Assuming they removed my manual penalty, I am over the moon...
Then I get a reply back from the webspam team later that day saying (this is when my site is alraedy back to page 1)..
"There are still many inorganic links pointing to your site. At this point, we believe we’ve evaluated these links appropriately, and no further action from us is required. In order for your site to have a successful reconsideration request, we will need to see a substantial, good-faith effort to remove the links, and this effort should result in a significant decrease in the number of bad links that we see. We do not recommend that you submit another reconsideration request until you have been able to make a good amount of progress. Once you’ve been able to get the links removed, please file a new reconsideration request with details of your cleanup effort."
So, what the hell happened? Am I still penalized? Why am I back to page #1 and they still say I'm manually penalized... Should I open another ticket or just stay quiet? Could it be the disavow list I uploaded 2 weeks ago that is making it's way into the system or did the Panda update fix my site?
I say this because my other 10+ year site which constantly ranked on page 1.. did not recover, it's still got the "manual penalty".. and did not recover with this softer panda update, so I'm wondering whether or not the disavow tool is automatic.. e.g once it detects a certain % of your bad backlinks are disavowed, it puts you back automatically?