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Anyway, I checked the headers and it looks like it's from Google. For now I got rid of the hidden text (the site doesn’t have any other guidelines violations) but haven't submitted a re-inclusion request yet, the site is still in the index but I don't know for how long.
If you had the same experience, would you have any suggestions, should I wait or should I submit re-inclusion asap? Is that possible to forge email headers so that it would look like it came from google? if it is I wouldn’t be surprised if it came from my competitors. If G didn’t send the email could a re-inclusion request hurt my site’s ranking? Any other info that could help me?
Thanks very much in advance.
[edited by: engine at 2:05 pm (utc) on April 21, 2007]
[edit reason] No e-mails, thanks. [/edit]
should I wait or should I submit re-inclusion asap?
You may wish to file a reinclusion request asap refering to Google's email to you and informing the folks at WebSpam Team that you have removed the hidden text and you wouldn't do that again.
I was out for I believe exactly 365 days a about two years ago. April to April (a year ago I got back in) last year.
It was because I hired a guy to do seo for my site and at the time I really had NO CLUE about blackhat/whitehat, etc.
I remember his name, and I'm sure one of these days I'll be at a se conference and he'll be there... ;)
Still not quite the same even a year after getting back in, but I'm not thinking about cutting myself anymore haha :)
joined:May 21, 2002
What would be the best approach to this issue?
I'm still curious, is there any possibility of the email headers being forged? I guess only removal of pages from the index could prove that the email was genuine (scary thought)
Thanks again. All I can do now is wait and hope for the better.
Remove the hidden text, beg for forgiveness and do it NOW!