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Now, it's obvious that something is very wrong with the site, but I couldn't determine the cause(s). So I thought of submitting a reconsideration request but I'm hesitant because there it says to submit the request ONLY if issues have been corrected.
So, should I submit a reconsideration request although I haven't made any changes because I couldn't find the violations?
What would be the best way to act in this situation?
Thanks for help!
Search for duplicates using Copyscape, or simply copy phrases of ca 10 words that are specific to your site, and paste the in the Google search box between quotes. You should get results only from your own site. If other sites appear in the search results, visit them and assess whether they have copied your content. All that work must be done page-by-page.
To combat this I set up google alerts to notify me of certain terms specific to only my site and when it find it, it emails me, then I go to google sitemaps and report the spammy site. Seems to be helping, but we are still down from what we were two years ago.