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Of course I would rather not have been banned at all -- traffic, as you would expect, has fallen precipitously -- but this seems to me a real improvement in communication from Google compared to what was once the case. It notifies me of a penalty, explains the reason for it, and suggests a fix.
I filed a reinclusion request about a week ago. It will be interesting to see how long this takes to get fixed, and whether my previous rankings return.
[edited by: encyclo at 2:18 am (utc) on Nov. 14, 2008]
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In particular, avoid links to web spammers or "bad neighborhoods" on the web, as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links.
By "bad neighborhoods" Google does not mean adult content - it's not a content issue, but depends especially on whether the site you're linking to uses spammy link practices, or other violations of Google's guidelines.
hmm... looks like I don't have a message that my site was penalized... but my top ranking keyword though drop from no. 1 to no. 30+ after I deployed new pages... wherein after a little reading around could possibly be tag as doorway pages, which really isn't since there's some new interesting information in it, but most likely from google's eyes they are.
it happen to drop the end of last week.. probably their message system hasn't caught up yet..
I wonder if there has been any experience from anyone that this type of penalty is only temporary.
Ah, well. Another page to watch. I suppose I can put it on Alert? Does anyone know? Otherwise I suppose a Firefox Page Change alert.