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Tips to recover from Google Penalties

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by emidelicious, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. emidelicious

    emidelicious Registered Member

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    Hi friends, i have seen people asking many times about recover but not knowing how to deal with. So wanted to share my practical experience with you.

    First of all you have to make sure the following has been take care of;

    1. Not too much exact match for main keywords (for which you are trying to rank). Many folks set their own percentage. I do ecommerce seo and i do not go more than 5 % exact match. I am working on one non ecommerce website where i have 10% for main keyword but its working for me.
    2. Your website should not have low quality content, means grammar mistakes, over optimization, not related to your website, unnatural and all that kind of stuff.


    The next thing is to do the following;

    1. Audit your backlinks profile by using webmaster or other tools like ahrefs. This is critical, pick out all the links which does not relate to your site, have poor quality, porn etc. Make a sheet of these links.
    2. Once you are done with it, use google disavow tool (https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/disavow-links-main). Here is is how to use it, make a disavow.txt file and put all those bad links in it. But it has a syntax to follow e.g.

    naked URL
    domain:abc.com
    not domain:http://www.abc.com

    yeah, if it is URL then paste it directly, if you want to remove links from entire domain use domain: syntaxt. You can find more on google. Upload this file.
    3. ONce you are done, keep checking every 3 to 4 days about new bad links and keep disavowing.
    4. FInally the most important of all, give your site quality content links by using guest blogging. I have done that and i have been successful all the times.

    Success story: A very famous brand came out of penalty in 10 days because they disavow links from entire time period e.g from May to Dec. Google considered it to be a serious action taken by webmaster and lifted the penalty. Read more here http://www.webpronews.com/google-accused-of-double-standard-over-rap-genius-penalty-lift-2014-01

    Be Calm: Disavowing will not bring results in minutes, it may take a day, weeks, months etc.

    Finaly: As per Matt Cutts, if you cant get out of penalty after a certain period of time, start a new domain.

    This is what all is required to recover from google penalty.
    Thanks all for reading.
     
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  2. neuroplastic

    neuroplastic Junior Member

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    If you get penalized, just rebuild the site under a new domain name and start fresh. Google slapped sites are tainted with sickness that's tough to cure.
     
  3. The SEO

    The SEO Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Now its old story and there are a lot of ways to recover on internet but not a single one working 100%. I think making a new website is much better idea instead of recover old one.
     
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    Completely agree with this, no point wasting time and money trying to recover when you can invest the time and money into a new site.
     
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    If you would have taken the time to read that article, you wouldn't have included it in your post.

    This details how large brands recover quicker because Google gives them unfair treatment, meanwhile regular webmasters get to wait months for their reconsideration requests to get denied.

    lol
     
  6. Slashdot

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    I'd say, don't set one certain percentage for the distribution for keyword rich anchor text links. That wouldn't look natural. You backlink profile needs to look random.
     
  7. Beven

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    I'd definitely agree once you're penalized you're in the doghouse. Might as well start a new project.
     
  8. john1444

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    There is a big difference between a penalized site and a tanked one. A penalized site can not be found on Google because it will be deindexed while a tanked site only loses it ranking on the serp due to crappy links. Have you viewed the top ten sites on Google lately and discovered that only authority sites take over the SERP? And have you also noticed that the noise about negative SEO has died down lately? Because crappy links don't take down authority sites with good links from reputable source. I have also seen authority sites having a great number of worthless backlinks and still rank very well simply because there are a few powerful backlinks in the mix.. All I'm trying to say is, if you build up relevant links, high PR home page links, 1 to 5 OBL, different c-class hostings you will dominate the SERP and don't ever need any link removal or worry about neg SEO.
     
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  9. seosky

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    I Prefer if you are hit , Best way is to start with new domain. Because one of my friend site hit by google and he even recovered from it. but after few months he apply for adword and got email that site is spammed in Google and Not Suggest to run Campaign it. So he now not able to grow his business with PPC, and after too much hard work of recovering from G-Hit. He is now Re-developing new site. So why Take Risks if it is already hit.
     
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    Do you really think moving on to another site is the answer after been tanked? That would have been a great option if you won't ever lift a finger to do SEO or build backlinks again. Getting down to the root, discovering the problem that lies underneath and walking towards recovery and away from the path of been tanked is the most ideal.. Can't sound my trumpet any harder.
     
  11. Sam789

    Sam789 Newbie

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    Hello Sir,
    thank for posting very nice information.
    thank you all
     
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    In My View. Web 2.0 Real Contextual Blogs with Regular Updates helps to Recover. It is hard to Recover but Once Recover you rank Better than anyone else. Re-starting a New means You doing 3 times Efforts , Redesign Costs, reDevelopment Costs, Content and Hosting Costs, and Again Full SEO Costs. So whats the Point. What you will do if you hit again for 2nd Site? Build 3rd than 4th and on and on.?? SEO means Never Give Up. It is Just If you can not do it yourself, Hire a Professional.
     
  13. BlackSEOBelt

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    Oh, the rap genius story...

    I wouldn't base my SEO knowledge on such well-known penalty cases.
    They do not show any common patterns.
    Websites have different backlink situations, and you never know exactly what caused a penalty.
    For example, you own 2 similar sites with similar backlink profiles, and in one case the site walk out of the penalty, while in the other it doesn't.

    The only takeaways I'd agree with is that, if you have nothing to lose (the site has tanked big time), just go ahead and use the disavow.
    If it's a manual penalty, though, they'd want proof that you did work removing the bad links.
    By the way, they'd normally want you to remove literally all of your bad links.
    So, if a site has no good links left, you'd better start afresh.