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Manual Google Action - Have you ever recovered from one?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Sunday Lunch, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Sunday Lunch

    Sunday Lunch Junior Member

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    Dear BHW members,

    I think there may be a fair few of you who have recovered from a manual Google action, so I have a question for you.

    Some background - I want to purchase a domain but I know for a 100% fact it has both had a manual penalty against it and then received notice that the penalty has been rescinded. The domain is an EMD and is my 1st choice to build upon, 3X the search traffic of the nearest comparable & brandable. It is a decent size investment so I do not want to buy a turkey.

    My question is, even when you have recovered from a Google penalty did you still get the feeling the domain had a black mark against it in terms of where it ranked for various search terms?

    I am particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have purchased a domain with an action against it, not realizing, and then submitted a reconsideration request and built upon the domain.

    Any advice appreciated.
     
  2. Sunday Lunch

    Sunday Lunch Junior Member

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    Someone on BHW has experienced this and can share something with me, surely.
     
  3. Sunday Lunch

    Sunday Lunch Junior Member

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  4. Tactician

    Tactician Registered Member

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    I wouldn't go for it personally would much rather go for a different expired domain in the same niche. If you want a perfect example of a manual action removal which is performing extremely well now interflora take the cake.

    As you would hear in WMT videos starting with a penalized domain is putting you at a disadvantage from the get go (hence not recommended)
     
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  5. Zombie Pop

    Zombie Pop Regular Member

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    I have had manual spam actions removed (for unnatural links). The websites never recovered. In fact they ranked way worse than before I bought the links that got them hit. I just 301 them to a different domain once the penalty is gone to pass on the juice from the links that weren't considered spam. Works great.
     
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  6. 420friendly

    420friendly Regular Member

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    I have recovered from a manual penalty as well 3 years ago and have never regained great rankings even though my link profile now is much better than before... I personally think that once you have had a manual penalty even though they say they have "removed" the penalty and all is good there is still some sort of a your fuc$ed factor with the domain. Sucks bad as the domain cost me 6 figures 5 years ago. ROAR
     
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  7. Sunday Lunch

    Sunday Lunch Junior Member

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    Thank you Tactician & Zombie Pop. 420Friendly, that was exactly what I was looking for in terms of experience with a high end domain.