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Revoking G00gle Unnatural Links Penalty - My Experience

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by GriffonVult, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. GriffonVult

    GriffonVult Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Hi,

    So during the past couple of months a lot of people got the Unnatural links penalty, I was one of those people who got knocked off the serps overnight. I basically got the penalty because I was using SAPE heavily, and I was throwing any and all kind of links directly at my sites.

    I have noticed that a lot of people were advising others not to bother with these sites and just start fresh with new sites or just 301 the old domain to a new one. Well the latter method works, but it's just a temporary solution and after a while you'll just end up with 2 penalized websites instead of 1.

    So yeah I figured what the heck right? Why not just try to get that manual penalty removed. And that's what I did.

    I submitted 3 reconsideration requests for 3 of my websites, after removing all links on SAPE. And today, I just recovered the second website! (Still 1 more to go).

    The process took about 3 weeks for the first website, and 4 weeks for the second. I had to submit the reconsideration request more than once, about 5 times for the 1st website and 3 or 4 times for the second. It usually takes the guys at G00gle some time to review the links, etc. so I had to wait for about a week to get a reply for each reconsideration request I submitted. Before they revoke the penalty, they usually replied with an automated message (I believe) which basically said that my site still violates G00gle's guidelines. And whenever I got that message, I simply submitted another one.

    So yeah, now I'm waiting patiently for the 3rd website to recover and gain it's old rankings. Not sure how long this is going to take, but I don't mind since I'm working on other websites already.

    Now, the purpose of this thread is to advise you to at least give it a shot filing a reconsideration request before giving up on your website, specially if you have worked hard in the past to rank it. Don't just give up and start with a new domain, or work on a temporary fix!

    Good luck!
     
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  2. analyzeseo

    analyzeseo Newbie

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    interesting... the site that came back up -> what type of links do you have pointing at it still?
     
  3. assphuck

    assphuck Senior Member

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    Please report back to let us know how well you recovered. Most of what I have read online leads me to believe that getting a penalty revoked only removes the warning from WMT and no gain in ranks. In fact, most people had to remove/disavow so many links during the process that their websites actually ranked worse after the penalty was revoked.

    It's going to take some time for all these unnatural link warnings, penguin and panda slaps to shake out. But when it does, I really believe many of this will look back at it all as a fuck job. Google introduced a lot of bullshit to muddy the waters so webmasters could not see what was coming up from the bottom. If trends are any indication of what is to come, paid ads and Google owned shit will dominate the front page of every search query they can do it on. Organic listings will just be filler material to satisfy the user when no other monetized option exists for Google. What this means in the grand scheme of things is that penalty or not, the value of a top organic listing in Google will be even more diminished in the future then it is today.

    Regardless of my pessimism, best of luck in your recovery.
     
  4. goldendeli

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    My rankings recovered just fine after having my unnatural link warning removed. I invested in a link removal campaign from linkdelete and they also helped get the penalty removed in 3-4 months. It was officially removed and then I waited about another 3 weeks before I started seeing my rankings recover to pre-penalty locations.

    It does such but it is possible to recover. Dont be worried about removing links. Thats one concept I just dont get. Have your website penalized forever and worry about removing a few good links in the process? Or get the fucking penalty removed and move on. I'll take removing a couple of good links so I can rank again any day of the week then to sit there and be worried about that.
     
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    Good info.... Thanks.....
     
  6. GriffonVult

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    The first site had all kind of backlinks really, web 2.0s, comments, forum profiles, social bookmarks, articles, etc. The second had links from sites like Yelp, Yellowpages, and some directories.

    I probably didn't make this clear in my original post, but I submitted NO disavow requests. I simply deleted the links from SAPE's interface, and just submitted a reconsideration and that's it. The first website gained almost the same rankings, for some keywords it dropped from position 3 to 5, etc. I think the reason behind that could be the latest update, not the links pointing to it. Does that make sense?

    Matter of fact, one of the websites had a lot of spam links pointing to it. There's no way in hell that I could remove these links. They were low quality, comment backlinks that I built about two years or something. But still, I managed to get the penalty removed after requesting a reconsideration. I believe they only review a portion of your backlinks, or the backlinks they penalized the website for.
     
  7. varitech

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    My second reconsideration request just failed tbh. I submitted it few weeks ago one behalf of one of our new clients, previous SEO company created several directories and cross-linked all the web sites with heavy anchor text. I took down all the directories etc but the problem i face right now is that google comes back and points some spin articles. I remove those and google comes back and points to web 2.0 properties xxx.blogspot.com etc so I assume I must remove anything with an anchor text on it? (change those good links with anchor i can control to the brand's name ofcourse).

    Any advises?