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Newly Acquired Domain Penalized - will not rank even after clean-up

     
4:13 am on Jul 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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We acquired a domain then with in 2 weeks it was penalised all rankings went poof...

I believe there was some sort of code for some link scheme but we have removed all old code..Redesigned the site...Changed 90% of the home pages content and still its not out of its penalty..

Any Ideas what else we can do?

Everything is stuck at +50 +60 where we used to be..

We have continued to build new links but it wont budge!

BTW THE PENALTY HAS LASTED OVER 1 YEAR.

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Robert

6:33 am on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Did you send a Reconsideration Request after the clean up?
7:12 am on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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In April still nothing...

how long does it take for those to go through?

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rob

7:20 am on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do snippets from the site come up in Google?
7:48 am on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Everything is stuck at +50 +60 where we used to be..

Oh...

Are you sure you are banned? Is it possible that after you purchased the site the previous owner may have pulled links powering it's former rankings?

Before buying the domain, did you research the backlinks?

1:30 pm on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have bought domains too and what I have learned is that many owners tend to use traffic-driving schemes before selling to inflate their stats. As soon as the new owner takes charge and stop using those traffic programs the visitors sink. Unfortunately most public traffic data does not capture if the traffic is genuine or not. That is why I have stopped trusting the stats at the time of purchase and look at other metrics like ad income as a better measure of the price and whether to buy a domain or not.
3:31 pm on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This site had stable rankings for over 1 year...

It still has over 100k Backlinks. We have continued to build links for it for quite some time...

The site is in google but every page and KW it ranked for sits between 50-60 where before it was 1-20

It wasnt a steady drop... One day Poof -50

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Rob

8:27 pm on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Should I 301 the whole damn thing to a new domain?

Will the new domain regain the dominance of the old site?

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rob

9:54 pm on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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No, not until you find out what the problem is. You might consider getting a third party to do a thorough site audit.
6:40 am on July 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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What was the nature of the links to this site before you purchased it and have all of these stayed in place ?

Were they on the same theme topic from the referring page?

3:25 pm on July 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Any significant change in internal link structure?
4:22 pm on July 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If its the same penalty {-30,-50,)which has been kicking around now for 2 years it will be tough to pull out of. Although some member found the solution, I started over.

best of luck, keep working on it.

 

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