Search for the domain if you don't see it in the 1st spot your under a penalty. If you see it then you were hit with the update not a penalty.
Searching for the domain with the TLD "#*$!.com", my site is in the first spot, but while searching for the website name "#*$!", my site gone to the fifth page (before it was on the first spot on the first page), does it mean my site is penalized or just hit by an update?
Question why would you want a site under a penalty sent to a new more improved site? Links, traffic, or just don't know what to do with the old domain. Is the content (or most of) the same on both sites?I just don't understand the mad rush to start all over again. Seems to me it would be best to clean up and work through this. But the important question is it a penalty or just you were hit with the update, there is a big difference in what direction to go.
I'm not planing to build "new site", I just want to change the domain, since the old domain seems to be penalized by Google, but while switching to the new domain, I'm going to improve the content and structure.
Even the site doesn't rank normal, it still has some type-in traffic. and it has some external incoming links I believe is valuable. So, I'm hoping that a 301 redirection can bring the new domain a little link juice and also lead users to the new domain.
I was thinking about submitting a reconsideration request, but it will take more than two months, and sometimes it doesn't really work.
If a site has been hit by an update, will it cause all the rankings drop to 5th pages or further?