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Almost 2 months now from Penguin 2.0.
Can anyone find evidence from any case studies,from any source on recoveries using the disavow tool, not involving a manual penalty. ie purely algorithmic ?
[edited by: aakk9999 at 8:50 pm (utc) on Sep 15, 2013]
[edit reason] Charter, no niche naming please [/edit]
Case 1) Had a site that was penalized. Disavowed a bunch of domains, opened reconsideration request. Manual penalty removed. Two months on, the domain gets even less traffic than before.
Case 2) Domain is penalized. Sent in a huge disavow file. Site falls further in rankings and is still penalized.
Your sites' earlier rankings (before the penalties) were probably being boosted by some of the backlinks that you later disavowed. So after you disavowed them, your sites lost that boost and therefore can't rank as high as before, even if the penalty is lifted. In other words, your current lower rankings are the logical outcome of the disavow process.
If you want to regain your pre-penalty rankings, your sites will need to attract some new natural backlinks to resupply the boost that was lost by the disavowels.
What happens when you delete the disavow file? Are those domains still disavowed or do they come back as links?
Isn't it possible that some other factor besides backllinks could have caused your penalty? For example, maybe the internal linking structure is "over-optimized" in some way. If so, cleaning up the backlinks wouldn't help at all.
hard to say...the penalty has been applied for three years, since Panda.
In that case, I don't understand why you think Penguin is the culprit for your site's problems. The initial Penguin roll out took place on April 25, 2012, less than two years ago. That's how I know that my small site was hit by Penguin, because that's the day when its Google rankings and traffic took a big drop. And its later recovery also took placed on the day of an announced Penguin refresh.