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5:05 pm on Apr 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I recently had a site banned by Y. Unlike many upset people that write in these pages, I can have no complaint as I was probably breaching about 3 of their rules. There was an element of IP cloaking and a couple of other no-nos.

Whatever.

I'm interested in hearing opinions however on what might trigger a manual inspection at Y. The site was originally set up cleanly - no rule-breaking whatsoever, and in fact is included in the Y directory.

Clearly, the number 1 reason why I might have been banned is that someone reported me. Apart from that, what other reasons might there be? What, in your opinions, might trigger a manual inspection?

Too many pages? (this site was pretty big, but I have bigger)
Being in the directory means you get revisited by the editors periodically?
Random checks?

9:47 pm on Apr 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'd bet just manual inspection.
10:47 am on Apr 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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But randomly or because the site was reported?

Cheers for your thoughts.

2:37 pm on Apr 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well, I highly doubt it would have been random, but there could have been factors that caused a review that have nothing to do with a spam report. Search engines look at a lot of things when they index a site and perhaps if too many "flags" are raised, it triggers a manual review.
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Thanks, volatilegx.

Now if we could come up with a list of flags...

I'll put the thinking cap on.

8:36 pm on May 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What kind of link campaign did you go on for this site? If your using cloaking I'm guess you may have pulled a few other tricks. What else did you do besides cloaking?
8:06 am on May 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Nothing other than cloaking. Linking is very straight. As I said the site was accepted for in the Y directory after a manual review.