Google penalised us - any experience on recovering?

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  1. Jbaco

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    Hi!
    So my boss had the not-so-great idea to buy expired domains and redirect to the main page of our site. All of them at the same time.
    As he didn't listen to my advise: Don't do this, now we are penalised.

    Any experiences on recovering sites from penalisation? Any advise on filling up de Reconsideration Request form?

    Thank you!

    ps: Yeah, the "I-told-you" moment has been epic.
     
  2. Lauriat

    Lauriat Power Member

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    you can send reconsideration request only if you had penalty message in your webmaster search console, if thats the case i would definitely try it, unlike spam links removing redirects is very easy because you can control them.
     
  3. Jbaco

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    So, I didn't recieve any penalty message, but I've absolutely been penalised. How am I supposed to inform then? Just removing those "backlinks"?

    edit: sorry for being so rude. Thank you for your answer!
     
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    Care to share the URL of your site?
    Also, what sort of metrics are you looking at to be able to tell you have been penalised?
     
  5. Jbaco

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    I noticed the penalty when looking the metrics on GSC, from 2.000 clicks on average to 0 just in 1 day.
    And I confirmed by doing:
    site:catalunyadiari(.)com and nothing appeared but the site was still online.

    ps: Sorry I'm new and i can't share any links yet.
     
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    put disavow list and wait to see.This should be enough.:)
     
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    Remove the redirects in the first place. All of them.
     
  8. Jbaco

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    The IT Team is doing it right now. I'll inform you how is all this going!

    Already have one! updated a few days ago :)

    I strongly hope this is the problem and not another random thing that I can't see. (crossing fingers)
     
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    fb3003 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    you are the second person in the last 24 hours who says site: dOMAIN.COM does not return any result

    can you search for your domain name and see what it returns. also search for you brand and see the results. do you see anything?
     
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    It just shows facebook page, twitter account and info from other sites. No trace of our domain.

    Anything in mind? Is G plotting against .com domains?
     
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    ok then you really f'ed!

    remove those back links as soon as possible, which i think you already have. if so, just wait for few days
     
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  12. Jbaco

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    Hi again!

    Well, I finally recieved the message of the Manual Penalization in the GSC.
    I'll keep you update!

    here a pic of the penalty. Sorry! it's in spanish!

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    Upon checking on SEMRush, from June - Aug data, you only have 61 backlinks.
    Using specifically Google ES, and searching for your domain, I only see 1 page from your website > https://catalunyadiari.com/tendencies/jaqueta-bomber-pel-bershka-nou-must-have-daquesta-tardor

    I've also crawled your site using screaming frog, only few 302, 307 and 404 found.


    Is the content all unique?
     
  14. Jbaco

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    Yep, all the content is unique.
    Cheking Ahrefs we have 500+ domain backlinks (organic, without counting the stupid cheat my boss did)
    In Google you're not going to find anytthing because we're penalised
     
  15. Jbaco

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    well, that was fast


    ps: not indexed yet!

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    I hope your site didn't rely on search traffic too much. That screen shot penalty is the SEOs worst nightmare.
     
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    Was your boss trying to create a PBN lol?
     
  18. Jbaco

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    so, the drama is over
    We're indexed again (thank god)

    Since we took action until G indexed us again it had been just 3 days.

    ps: the moral of all of this is that my boss is now asking me things. (thank god, again)
    ps2: the other moral is: don't trick G if you don't know what you're doing
     
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    Good news! Tell your boss to stop meddling with your work and just watch and learn ;)
     
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  20. Jbaco

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    Thank you!

    I've been on SEO for just 5 months and i've got PLENTY to learn. Very excited on this new professional path though.