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I know that's not always easy. It's sort of like challenging a traffic ticket, except G is both citing officer and judge, and you aren't allowed to see the ticket to know what the charge is.
(note the 2x " before and after)
I believe that if you site does not come up first you are under penalty.
Way fo checking this? ""www.bigsearchengineurl.com"" ... it always comes up first and when I do searches on my own site which have had a penalty for some 2 years or so now I never come up first!
Okay, when I do this, my site's home page is listed on the fourth page of the serps. This site has suffered since Allegra. Quite a mess and most of it is still supplemental after a 301 re-direct from non www to www.
Do you think this site is under an actual penalty or is this the after-affects of the canonical problem? (The site had all original content and was copied, scraped, etc.)
I gave up awhile ago but I do get quite frustrated at times. :-(