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Removing a manual -60 penalty on an affiliate site

     
11:50 am on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If a website is manually given a -60 penalty for too much affiliate content like banners and links then should removing all affiliate content and leaving only Adsense ads on the site be enough to have the penalty lifted after sending a reconsideration request?

Is Google looking at the number of outgoing links per page and the percentage of affiliate/non affiliate links?

I am about to remove all affiliate programs from my site, replace them with normal links and send a reconsideration request. I will report what happens.

5:22 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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How can you see your penalty?
11:30 am on Feb 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Curious if you, or anyone had any luck with getting out of the -60 penalty.

We got penalised on one site a week ago. So basically we are down from all previous positions by 60 places. Even searches for the site name, which was unique, are now showing up only on the 6th page.

All what I see before are some .cz and .pl BH, cloaked sites with our content scrapped, together with links. When I do link: www.domainname.com search there are plenty of links from these sites. And we can actually see the cashed version of the spammy site, with our content there.

Anyway, this makes me think that the penalty was automaticaly triggered rather than a manual review.

Did anyone have similar experience recently? Any luck with lifting the penalty?

12:07 pm on Feb 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Good luck to you. We have tried all that and more
over a long period of time with no relief at all
from our penalty. I think that if a penalty is
computer imposed you have some hope, but when it has
been manually applied for any reason it becomes hopeless
if you are not a major corporation
3:39 pm on Feb 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You may find this thread useful, with comments from Google's Adam Lasnik:

Avoiding penalties against "thin affiliate" pages [webmasterworld.com]

4:07 pm on Feb 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I had a site in this situation and spent a good deal of time building good content and thinning affiliate links before requesting a reinclusion. It is now back in the rankings -took a while before getting back to where it was (more than a year in the wilderness altogether). It is possible but you need to ensure you have a really good site before making the request.
2:18 am on Feb 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I guess if I had any hope of this penalty ever being removed I would work more with the advice given, and yes I do appreciate it and have in the past implimented much of it, but to be honest, I truely believe I could have the perfect site, yet this penalty would remain.
 

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