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By looking at your logs..( he didn't say a Google document )..Thus, I presume he means a document on his site..
That is really harsh! Are there any more members with reports like this?
That is really harsh! Are there any more members with reports like this?Yup! My experience is exactly what crobb305 said!
Yup! My experience is exactly what crobb305 said!
I also waited 8 weeks all the while checking if anyone has accessed the file with detailed list of my efforts, which I continued to update as more links were removed. Noone ever came. The file is on my server, so I have all the logs and can positively say it was not accessed.
I have also by now removed 80%+ of those bad links, and thought it would have shown "significant effort" on my part but Google does not seem to be interested.
My experience differs from crobb305's in that I never got any reply whatsoever. I have since sent a second RR, along the same lines, and referred to the file again. Still nothing, total wait is 10 weeks and counting.
I have no idea whether Google has now seen eveything we have done or not - it is the unknown that is so perplexing.Unfortunately, I'm inclined to believe that noone [human] had seen what we've written in those RRs. I also think that this is a sort of a chicken-and-egg type of a paradox: due to the increased load on the spam team, they are [my conjecture beyond this point] only responding when they see significant changes to the site through their backend.
We received a request from a site owner to reconsider http://www.example.com/ for compliance with Google's Webmaster Guidelines.
We reviewed your site and found no manual actions by the webspam team that might affect your site's ranking in Google. There's no need to file a reconsideration request for your site, because any ranking issues you may be experiencing are not related to a manual action taken by the webspam team.
Of course, there may be other issues with your site that affect your site's ranking. Google's computers determine the order of our search results using a series of formulas known as algorithms. We make hundreds of changes to our search algorithms each year, and we employ more than 200 different signals when ranking pages. As our algorithms change and as the web (including your site) changes, some fluctuation in ranking can happen as we make updates to present the best results to our users.
If you've experienced a change in ranking which you suspect may be more than a simple algorithm change, there are other things you may want to investigate as possible causes, such as a major change to your site's content, content management system, or server architecture. For example, a site may not rank well if your server stops serving pages to Googlebot, or if you've changed the URLs for a large portion of your site's pages. This article has a list of other potential reasons your site may not be doing well in search.
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[edited by: tedster at 3:05 pm (utc) on Sep 10, 2012]
[edit reason] switch to example.com [/edit]
Sadly it appears that the Google Webmaster Forums have very little input from Google employees these days.
the vast majority of the posts are near incomprehensible, posted by people who have no idea what they are doing@Leosghost: you must've never manned a helpdesk of any kind. You stick your neck out and start accepting requests for any type of help, you'll be amazed at the questions people ask sometimes. It just comes with the territory and is easily explained: people that do know exactly what to write in those requests, don't write any requests. Being able to formulate your question properly gets you more that 50% of the way to solving your issue.