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Webmaster tools madness - manual action notice, yet no manual penalty?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by xandreas, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. xandreas

    xandreas Newbie

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    Hi there,

    I'm having a strange issue regarding the beloved GWT manual action notice, and no clue how to proceed.
    We're talking about a 5+yrs old PR3 domain here, which managed to escape all the animal updates, so it's a fairly okay site I guess. SE traffic went from stable 3k/day to zero overnight so i was like wtf. .. then quickly figured out that the site is deindexed. No penalty, completely gone.

    So made a google account, and signed up for GWT to check why I got nuked.
    Reason is "Cloaking and/or sneaky redirects". - looks like it got a manual review somehow, well .. part of the game.

    I quickly removed the redirects, switched themes, and tried to file the RR, only to discover there is "no manual penalty" to reconsider.

    Basically the situation is weird:
    - when I check gwt/site messages it clearly states that "manual action was taken"
    - when I check gwt/search/manual actions it says "no manual actions found" - so I can't file a reconsideration request.

    This is how it looks like - Screenshots:
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    Site is completely deindexed.

    How do I file a reconsideration request in this case and what is this madness with the "no manual actions found" thing?

    Enlighten me please...
     
  2. f4llen

    f4llen Junior Member

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    how many redirects were you using?

    sicne you were using redirects, would be easier (and faster) to put up a duplicate site and change the redirects. i mean they already de-indexed it for you so atleast theres that. youll wait weeks waiting for a reconsideration request and the first answer is usually no.
     
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  3. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It's probably not a manual action, it was an automated penalty. Probably lasts 90 to 180 days.

    Another possibility: sometimes the notification comes before the actual penalty appears on all their servers. So you can't appeal yet, there's probably a period where you must suffer the pain and humiliation of the WWW being controlled by Google.
     
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  4. xandreas

    xandreas Newbie

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    Looks like you're perfectly right with the delay explanation.
    Here's the current traffic graph for the last 90 days.


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    I'll just leave it there for others to see, so you guys know what to expect when you get hit and what happens after the "penalty has been lifted".
    This might be SEO 101 for some of you with years of experience but still it might be useful for those who are wondering if they should simply ditch the site or go the "yeah sure i fixed it" way.


    Basically you will get some traffic back but not all of it.
     
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  5. DatMoney

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    What kind of redirects? Like you had cloacked the aff links in content using redirects? or is it something else??