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on a penalty review request..

3:23 am on May 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have a site which got a severe inktomi penalty (I will not say why because that is another topic). After doing whatever corrections I thought had any possibility of tripping any kind of spam filters I submitted a review request to inktomi about two weeks ago. I have just got a reply which in effect says that they do not do any reviews. I thought this was an interesting piece of information to share.
3:44 am on May 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I guess it's one strike you're out... banned for life.
4:16 am on May 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The good thing about them is that atleast they let their intentions be known clearly .. atleast I wouldn't have to bother about getting it lifted any more.
4:20 am on May 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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jaski, I think it takes some severe spamming to be banned from Inktomi! ;)
4:39 am on May 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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That is why I said it is for another topic ;)

What I believe caused it was a site map type page hosted as homepage of another domain. It had some 300 links on the page to the main site pages...they were hosted on the same ip and submitted in the same PFI .. oh well. Both got banned. Second was just a disposable domain .. and was disposed off .. but I never thought it could get the main site banned .. as no other search engine does that afaik :).

6:35 am on May 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Were you using PositionTech for your PFI service? If so, did you ask them to help you get re-included?
2:26 pm on May 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Site is not out of index .. so its not a question of reinclusion. It just ranks like .. on page 23 of 23 in SERPS .. although its practically useless its still in the index.
8:21 pm on May 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've had 2 sites in the penalty box for well over a year. Some 10 months ago P/T said they'd help get them restored.
Countless e-mails to Ink, P/T and church prayer groups has not helped.

Under influence of a good old friend (Jack Daniels) I thought I'd try adding keyword subdomains and submitting them to Ink. For a little over a week those subdomain pages were on top of everything. Then they disappeared. Although the sites are in the index, they're buried deeeeeeeeeep in the bowels.

6:20 am on May 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Interesting part is that they do not have (they say) a review process at all .. not even for PFI customers .. so you are at the mercy of an algo and there is no court of appeal.

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