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how to get rid of google penalty?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by shutdown, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. shutdown

    shutdown Power Member

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    Hi,

    My wordpress site was hacked, compromised and created thousands of urls and linked to other sites, also many sites got hacked like me and i got backlink from them.

    But the backlinks are spam backlinks which are not related with my niche and some adult backlinks :(

    So it happened on November, i think with the new wordpress update, everything is normal for now.

    Google search console now can't find anything related to spam links and backlinks. I keep getting 404 errors on search console about these links. Because google can't find these old spam links. These links are not existed anymore and i don't have them on sitemap.

    It seems only one spam link on backlink section on search console and i disavowed it.

    So my rankings dropped a lot, as none of my pages are at top 100 for now :(

    What would be your suggestions to get rid of penalty and recover in fastest way?

    Thanks
     
  2. kristjan

    kristjan Registered Member

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    Some say it is easier to start from fresh..
     
  3. gman777

    gman777 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Do you see any manual penalty action in your google console?
     
  4. MisterF

    MisterF Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    When did you get things sorted and back to normal ?
     
  5. shutdown

    shutdown Power Member

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    Nope, i don't see. I just get 404 errors of spam links.

    Well i am not sure but when i check the crawl stats it peeks at 5th november. In my opinion after wordpress 4.7 update all leaks are closed and i think these files are deleted.

    Btw which plugin do you recommend for security for wordpress? I started using wordfence. What do you think?
     
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    Unless you're really attached to the site. It would probably be cheaper and faster to start again with a new site.
     
  7. codeman1234

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    What I would do, if I am attach to the domain as you are is the following stepts:

    1) Get an Ahrefs Premium account and check for every backlink I did not add

    2) I will add those links to a spreed sheet (excel)

    3) I will go over every link and see if I can remove link manually some how or try to contact webmaster and remove all I can

    4) The backlinks I could not remove then I would disavow domain and upload disavow list to webmaster tools

    5) I will wait like a week or even two to see if I get some rankings back, if in 2 weeks you don't see any changes wait couple more.

    6) If after a month you dont see any positive changes then it means the penalty is not an algorithm one so, you will need to send a reconsideration request to Google on Webmaster Tools and tell them that your site got hacked and you have try to remove all spammy and send them list with the ones you remove and also tell them you disavow whatever you did not manage to delete.

    7) By doing this you should get your domain and rankings back, I know because I done it.


    Hope it helps!
     
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  8. shutdown

    shutdown Power Member

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I have ahrefs, i checked the links but they are all tagged as not found.

    On search console i can only see one spam link as backlink. I disavowed it.

    How can i contact google btw?

    Thanks
     
  9. codeman1234

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    Hey no problem, if that is the case then man you should be ok since all spammy links have been remove for you from other webmasters and don't link to your domain any more.

    To make a reconsideration request to Google: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35843?hl=en

    But, personally if I were you, I would not even do that, I would wait like couple of weeks since links are already removed and there is only one that you already disavow, so, in couple of weeks when google gets that you should get your rankings back since your algorithm penalty should be removed since those links are gone. But, hey that is what I would do, you are free to do as you like. But, I am letting you know this because I am not 100% about this but, I think that when you send a reconsideration request google flags your domain deeper than the algorithm that is why I would wait.