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Today I was planning to contact the owner, and did a few checks on the site to make sure I hadn't overlooked anything, and to my surprise discovered it had completely vanished from Google (neither site: command nor search on unique strings from text on the site produce any results).
Looking into it further, it seems the site's SEO was probably state-of-the-art around 2001; the major sin is a paragraph of hidden text (font color same as background color; both values defined directly in the relevant HTML tags) on the front page, which I presume is what triggered the removal from Google. Apart from that there's nothing really dodgy though.
If I were to get hold of this site (only at a hefty discount given it's lack of Google ranking though), and give it a major reworking for SEO, making it squeaky clean etc., what are the chances that a reinclusion request would have any chance of success?
We don't want people to avoid doing good things with "used" domains.
So I'd grab the domain you have your eye on, clean up what needs to be cleaned up, and then -- given that you have reason to believe that the domain previously violated Google's Webmaster Guidelines -- go ahead and file a reinclusion request.
thanks for the reply. It's encouraging to get this kind of feedback. Apart from that one block of text [ * ], it's a perfectly fine site which, although a little dated, doesn't deserve a ban.
[ * ] No doubt I'll never get confirmation on this, but if I was writing a black hat SEO detection algorithm, that would be an easy target to detect.
Same sin as the web site in question, and he got reincluded after a few weeks, now ranking #12 for his main keyword. And if things donīt work out, you could still use the content you paid for on your domain.
The remedy may be as simple as it looks - but it may be much more complicated.
Relistings are expensive for Google, and they will not be keen to re-look if you ask too soon, so be absolutely sure the site is squeeky clean before asking for resubmission.
Good Luck :)