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Manual Penalties Expire And Return Even Harsher Then Before?

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  1. Lilacor

    Lilacor Regular Member

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    Today Seroundtable.com wrote an article called ?My Google Reconsideration Request For Removing Paid Links? in which Barry Schwartz shared an interesting information on how his last reconsideration request to Google was treated. Read on. Last Friday Barry said he had placed nofollow attribute to all his outbound links and submitted a reconsideration request go Google as he suspected his site had a manually invoked penalty. Five days later he received his answer.

    He was pretty shocked to see that Google?s response to his RR said: ?No manual spam actions found.? That basically means that the penalty was either algorithmic or there?s some kind of a mistake. Despite the answer from Google?s Webspam Team Barry decided to write directly to Matt Cutts (he?s privileged to be able to do this) and waited for his answer again as he was absolutely sure that there?s a manual penalty involved. The head of search spam, Matt Cutts confirmed there was a manual penalty invoked on Barry?s website, but it had expired 3 weeks ago.

    This wasn?t unexpected because Barry had seen his PR raise from 3 to 6 in the last 21 days. This is not the first time Schwartz sees sudden drop or increase in his PageRank as he confessed he has previously survived manually imposed Google penalties. Usually up to a month after each manual penalty lifting he gets hit by the next one. All this is because he is being punished for selling links that pass PageRank.

    The Webspam team explained that they have detected the upcoming expiry of the manual action on Seroundtable.com and ? pay close attention ? have prepared another incident regarding the website and all the websites that purchase links from it. However, after Barry had nofollowed all his outgoing links this penalty was no longer needed.

    I find it intriguing that Google were actually preparing another even harsher manual penalty for this site. This means that websites that tend to violate Google?s quality guidelines repeatedly are threatened to get hit by stronger penalties. The conclusion is that Seroundtable did have a manually placed penalty, but it has expired and wasn?t renewed as the paid links were nofollowed.

    Original source: http://www.seroundtable.com/google-reconsideration-links-16652.html