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Google Penalty Removal---Automatic or Manual

How to Get G to Remove a Penalty

     
6:37 pm on Oct 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My site has been penalized 30 positions in the serps for the past 10 months. That is a fact, not an assumption.

The site is 6+ years old and formerly ranked on the first page for my targeted search terms, usually #1. Now I can't get better than #31.

I was probably nailed for spam although I have done absolutely nothing different than my competitors who I thorougly analyzed. They just haven't gotten caught yet and I don't want to report them--just outrank them. To my knowledge I never spammed G but it is their opinion that counts not mine.

The most likely scenario is that a competitor turned me in. In that case, the penalty is manual. I have worked non stop the past 10 months, have revised content, and cleaned up anything at all that could be questioned. I have filed reinclusion requests and been very patient. However, the only improvement I have seen is that what volatility there was (ranking from #31-51) has now been replaced with consistency at #31.

My questions: If the penalty was indeed manual, will it have to be taken off manually? If so, how can I get G to do this?

If the penalty is automatic, how soon can I expect its removal.

I really need guidance from the heavy hitters in this forum or those who have gotten out of Google's dog house.

Thanks!

[edited by: tedster at 6:44 pm (utc) on Oct. 5, 2006]

8:12 pm on Oct 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Why are you so certain you're being penalized and not just a victim of an algo tweak?
8:48 pm on Oct 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I personally find it a bit hard to believe that G has it in their algo "if "jwc2349's" site < SERP 31 boot it back a random number of positions for any keyword(s)" I would think this has more to do with SEO on page, linking (external & internal), and trust rank, and not some sort of manual penalty.

But this is IMHO
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9:23 pm on Oct 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like a 4 page penalty. I have it on 2 websites and on both cases it was given to me manually by a Google employee. Reason: too many affiliate links or commercial content! Google has totally missed the point of the Internet.

Change your content to 1800s history and send a reinclusion request.