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Google Is Krazy - Manual Penalty And Recovery Story

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by alvin.orrt, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. alvin.orrt

    alvin.orrt Regular Member

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    So monday i see that our website is getting no traffic. I check the keyword rankings (as 95% of traffic was organic) and the rankings dropped from page one to page 6. A few hrs later, rankings dropped completely out of the top 300. I checked to see if the site was still indexed - and it was not. Opened my GWT, added the site, there was a manual penalty message, the PURE SPAM penalty.

    For those that don't know, here's what pure spam is all about: Google has detected that some of your pages may be using techniques that are outside our Webmaster Guidelines. The site appears to use aggressive spam techniques such as automatically generated gibberish, cloaking, scraping content from other websites, and/or other repeated or egregious violations of Google?s quality guidelines.

    Our website had 100% unique content (it's a one pager selling a single product) - so no auto generated gibberish, no scraped content. There was no cloaking at all and no previous violation of google's tos. The on page seo was spot on (no keyword stuffing or anything like that) and the off page seo (link building) was 100% legit - we only built 3 links via guest posting, the rest came naturally. It's a very small niche with very little competition, so we managed to rank in 2 weeks without any black or gray hat methods.

    So why the penalty? I still don't know (actually i do, one of our 2 main competitors reported us but i didn't think that google employees were such noobs when it came to dishing out penalties).

    Anyway, same day i sent a reconsideration request. I changed nothing on the site and in the request i said the site does not violate any quality guidelines and i don't even know why this penalty was imposed. I even asked them to tell me the actual reason for receiving this penalty.

    So 3 days later, MANUAL SPAM ACTION REVOKED.

    Anyway, what i wanted to say is i completely understand other manual spam actions - for websites using black hat link building or scraped content - but in my case, google is a complete noob, placing a penalty and lifting it after 3 days. Who the heck hires the guys who do the manual penalties? I mean, if you know such a person, you can ask him to penalize all your competitors websites, coz right now, that seems 100% possible after what happened to me.

    Just wanted to share this with you guys, i've been doing seo for a long time now, have been though many penalties for my customers but nothing like this.

    PS: F U Google and your noob employees (not all of them, just the noob ones - which is strange coz i though google only hired smart and morally responsible people).
     
  2. SEO Power

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    Interesting story. I also got a manual penalty last year and, without changing anything, submitted a reconsideration request counteracting their supposed reasons for the penalty. Two weeks later, it was revoked. They are really noobs, aren't they? :)
     
  3. virtualc08

    virtualc08 Supreme Member

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    Did they tell you the actual reason for manually penalizing you?
     
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    Guess you missed this part:

     
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    YoungGooner Junior Member

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    Welcome to the world of Google! Lucky you they responded in 3 days,in my case,2months still no response! and the site was penalized for reasons that were false :noidea:
     
  6. Russian425

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    Their whole spam and maps verification team is in India, so that's why. Sometime when they call to verify your location on maps I can't even understand them.
     
  7. alvin.orrt

    alvin.orrt Regular Member

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    That's just wrong! I mean, i understand small companies outsourcing to India but Google? And outsourcing the spam verification which can make or break a company? That's just mad. Now the only thing to do is to find someone who knows someone working at google in india. And pay them to manually penalize your website.
     
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    is your site back after they lifted the penalty ?
     
  9. myinternetempire

    myinternetempire Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I have found a lot of members of this forum facing same kind of penalty problem. Most of them are thinking that it wouldn't be possible to recover it. But your story will motivate them. I think if anyone follow the procedure, it won't be too difficult to get rid of it.