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A few days ago my site recovered from -30(-50) penalty. Most pages moved from 4th or 5th pages to 1st or 2nd, but not to the same places in SERP the were before the penalty. I can also see that some pages didn't even move in SERP.
Did anyone encounter with such kind of situation? Will this pages finally recover from filter some time later after been reindexed or this is normal situation for sites that were penalised ones?
Thank and sorry for my English.
- your site will get back with the same ranking if you play Sherlock Holmes for a few months in order to find out what happened.
If your site has been tanked for the second time:
- your site will come back with about 20%-30% of traffic it had before if you again play Sherlock Holmes for a few months in order to find out what happened. I don't know if it can recover completely again.
If your site tanks a third time
- close down the domain and get a new one.
I don't know exactly what was the cause of the penalty. I assumed that the site had been penalized for inner troubles. The search result page was not disallowed for indexing and there were a lot of pages in google's index. I disallowed this page in robots.txt and wrote about it in the reconsideration request.
You didn't indicate when the problem started an when you made the changes I would just rule out the request as to the cause of the filter being lifted.
PS: I should also note that my site is in Russian and directed to ukrainian audience, server located in Ukraine. When I was filling the reconsideration request for the first time, in my google account the "Country" was set to USA (but I am from Ukraine). I didn't pay any attention to this fact then because I thought it didn't matter. Before filling the second reconsideration request I changed the "Country" to Ukraine and the filter was lifted. Probably when the "Country" was set to USA when I was filling the request for the first time my request was sent to an english speaking support which didn't understand a single word of what I had written. And that is why the request was not even reviewed. When I changed the "Country" to Ukraine my second request was probably reviewed by a russian speaking support and the filter was lifted.
As for "Just doesn't happen that fast"... I believe that russian speaking support recieves much less reconsideration requests than an english speaking does. Just because there use to be much less sites in russian.
If you can view your referrals look for a search for your Domain name in Google then look from what IP or referring name. When a reconsideration request is submitted a Google employee will visit the site and you can confirm the request was a part of the lift by confirming your site was visited by a Google employee but still then again it usually takes longer for a filter to be released.
The update, test, error whatever you want to call it a couple days ago could have included the filter lift for a number of sites your included, and it just happens to be the time your filter was lifted.
[webmasterworld.com...] I am sure you read it but this is what I am referring to.