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How To Check Your Website For *Algorithmic* Penalty

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by tiiberius, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. tiiberius

    tiiberius Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I would like to write about something close to ever SEO's heart...

    Algorithmic penalties and filters

    More specifically...

    How to check if your website has one.

    DISCLAIMER: Nothing is 100% proof and it applies to this method but it's a pretty strong indication.

    Method is very simple, you are going to check if your domain name itself is performing well in the SERPs.

    If you want to do this on page level, I suggest you work with <title> instead.

    If the domain cannot rank for its own name, which is the easiest "keyword" in the world for it, then it's a strong indication of trouble.

    Process
    1. Insert your domain name into search
    2. Insert `space` instead of a dot between domain name and extension. For example: blackhatworld.com >>> blackhatworld com
    3. Hit search
    Example: https://www.google.com/search?q=blackhatworld+com

    Conclusions
    1. Domain is #1 - perfect
    2. Domain is on the 1st page - very good (most likely nothing is going on)
    3. Domain is on 2-3 page - this is still good but I would check technical issues like load speed time and link profile, you are probably lacking branded anchor texts and are running towards over-optimization.
    4. Domain is on 3+ page - this is bad and it can mean anything from triggered a simple filter to serious penalty

    Exceptions

    EMD and PMD (exact and partial match domain) - If your domain is keyword rich, then it's OK to rank low because there is no "brand" and your keyword can be competitive.

    Popular brand - if your domain name contains very popular, already existing brand then it's also OK to be ranked low because the main brand website, social properties etc will dominate first pages

    "Search instead for..." results. Sometimes your domain name is similar to existing. more popular one. In this case search engines might show suggested results.

    Very new sites - pretty self explanatory. Pages need to be indexed for a little while for this test to work.

    FAQ

    Q: What if my domain extension contains 2 dots, do I replace both?
    A: Yes, you will replace both with `space`. Like: domain co uk

    Q: Should I perform this check in .com search engine?
    A: You should always do it in the one you want to rank for in. If it's UK do it in .co.uk if it's Brasil do it in .com.br etc.
     
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  2. TheVigilante

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    This is pretty awesome and very helpful too
     
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    Solid tips, I just checked few of my domains and one of them is on the 3rd page for its brand name lol.
     
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    phewww my domains are clean thanks for the trick
     
  6. yooray

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    No matter what, this is one of the best trick to check penalty. I tried just as your explanations. Very good trick.

    Thanks a lot!!!
     
  7. Digirulz

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    Nice method to check the site performance. Thanks a lot.
     
  8. HustleTong

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    Dope write-up. This could be referred whenever related threads pop up.
     
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    That's a nasty simple trick, props!
     
  10. tiiberius

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    Thank you guys. Glad you find it useful :)
     
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  11. AceCanoe

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    I never realized but other people have domains related to mine (almost the same) so they rank above mine. I did mydomain com and my domain is on the last page (page 6) and under it is a post of mine as well. When I do site:domain.com my domain there is indexed a long with 2 posts out of 30 and some category pages.

    Is this bad news? Or since it's a relatively a new domain (few months old) I shouldn't expect to rank #1 especially if the keywords in the domain are unfortunately competitive? I guess I'll test purchasing a new domain that I'll make up and make sure nobody else has something similar to it.

    Edit: Thanks for the tips btw, made sure I noted them down.
     
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    Good tip, but the domain name is just another keyword. If your site has no backlinks to the root with your domain name as the anchor text then it's likely other authority sites will take the first spots for that keyword.
     
  13. tiiberius

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    That is quite a bad sign indeed. Unless it's keyword rich -or- mutant of already popular brand.

    Yes, exactly. That's why I mentioned it in exceptions.

    Glad you find it useful :)
     
  14. Janis99

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    It is something I started doing a couple of months ago to evaluate the status of my sites. I search only for the domain name and omit the extension.

    I also noticed that after building a bunch of T2 or T3 backlinks the main site usually drops to the 2nd page for 1-3 weeks and then comes back up.
     
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    Always learning new things on BHW, thanks for the share
     
  16. JimmyMart

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    Thanks for the easy tip.
    Learn something new every day here.
     
  17. tiiberius

    tiiberius Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Well, what are your findings then? Do you confirm to be a viable method?

    Interesting thanks.

    Happy you found it useful :)
     
  18. Mia Jane

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    Nice information.
     
  19. Lady Trieu

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    Nice information thanks for your share:)
     
  20. nichexposure

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    Simple but a useful one. Nice share :) I found all of my domain is at no 1. :D:D