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Appearing in the first page while having a penalty, is that possible ?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mahamad3, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. mahamad3

    mahamad3 Regular Member

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    Hi

    I have got a website which appearing in 3 keywords at the first page (low competition keywords) but I have a big doubt, this site has a penalty from Google as it has spammy link profile and very bad internal links.

    Is that possible to have a penalty and appearing in the first page for some low competition keywords ?
     
  2. markdissel1992

    markdissel1992 Junior Member

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    If you have received a manual penalty from WMT, and you are really on the first page then it sure can be, but i doubt it..
     
  3. SEO Power

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    You aren't sure if it received a penalty or not so how can you assume that the site was penalised and still ranks in the top 3? Did ypur site's rankings and traffic drop?
     
  4. DannyZhang

    DannyZhang Regular Member

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    What are some of the ways to tell that you are penalized other than not being indexed? What if rankings just dropped?
     
  5. jollyman

    jollyman Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I still find some sites ranking well in the SERP. But, sooner or later it will receive the penalty for sure.
     
  6. TrafficBoost

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    Yes.. It is Possible....
     
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    If you have a spamy links for your website, you will receive a manual spam action.
    And how did you say that "this site has a penalty from Google"? Did you receive any mail from GWT?
     
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    I suppose it's possible, but not likely
     
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    Yes absolutely possible, I had this happen on one of my sites that was penalized.

    Are you sure though that it was a manual penalty and not an algorithm one?
     
  10. bigballin6161

    bigballin6161 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yes its possible but it wont last long. I maintained my positions 3-5 in serps for 3 weeks after the GWT message. Since then it is nowwhere to be seen, even though the penalty has been revoked!
     
  11. mahamad3

    mahamad3 Regular Member

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    I didn't receive any manual penalty from WMT
     
  12. mahamad3

    mahamad3 Regular Member

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    I think it has a penalty as I targeted a low competitive keyword in Meta Tags around 10 days ago, and it's not appearing at all with this keyword yet, while the new Meta Tags had been seen by Google at the same day "10 days ago"

    Beside that it has very bad link profile, so I had a doubt about a penalty.
     
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    punterzforbid Newbie

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    How do you know the site is penalized? Have you received notifications? If so, how long ago? You could well lose your rankings soon if its been a while since you received such a notification.
     
  14. Techxan

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    You can get a penalty on certain keywords that will not affect other keywords.
     
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    Yes it possible..for some time.
     
  16. Scritty

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    Appearing on the front page when having a PARTIAL penalty for selected keywords is pretty common, and is, in fact, the intended consequence.

    If you appear in search when having a full penalty - then that's not the intended outcome and something strange is going on.
    Partial penalty - the nice thing is Google are never explicit about what terms the partial is on. It's normally pretty easy to guess, but the obtuse twats never actually tell you.

    Scritty
     
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    Short Answer: Yes It Is Possible..
     
  18. firstblade

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    What exactly is WMT? I keep seeing it and I can never figure it out, is it google webmaster analytics? How do you all know when your site is penalized?