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Website got flagged, quick question

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Astrael, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. Astrael

    Astrael Newbie

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    Sorry if it's a dumb question. My site got flagged, if I switch the domain, ie mysite.com to mysite.net and don't change where it's being hosted, will it still be flagged or can I restart with .net?

    Google has detected a pattern of artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site. Buying links or participating in link schemes in order to manipulate PageRank are violations of Google's Webmaster Guidelines.
    As a result, Google has applied a manual spam action to mysite.com/. There may be other actions on your site or parts of your site.

    Can I just keep the site the same but as .net or do I have to start over?
     
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  2. redmoon

    redmoon Regular Member

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    Flagged by who? Do you mean you're not in search results? If so changing domains won't get the new site banned from search.
     
  3. GiftGuru

    GiftGuru Supreme Member

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    Flagged by whom? Always helps to identify the suspect that bent you over.
     
  4. Astrael

    Astrael Newbie

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    Oh sorry, yeah, google.

    Google has detected a pattern of artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site. Buying links or participating in link schemes in order to manipulate PageRank are violations of Google's Webmaster Guidelines.
    As a result, Google has applied a manual spam action to mysite.com/. There may be other actions on your site or parts of your site.

    Switching to .net and rebuilding should be fine right?
     
  5. pana1

    pana1 Junior Member

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    Yes, you can switch to .net but do not reuse your content on the new website as they detect that and may decide to pass the penalties over to that site as well.
     
  6. Astrael

    Astrael Newbie

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    Okay, so I can't just keep the site the same but as .net?
     
  7. pana1

    pana1 Junior Member

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    No, it's very likely that Google will recognize this, think you forgot to do a 301 redirect and pass all of the site's good and bad signals to your new site. I recently heard this come right out of John Muellers voice (Google Guy) on a webinar/Q&A he did.
     
  8. Astrael

    Astrael Newbie

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    Not sure what you mean. What does 301 redirect have to do with anything, isn't that just the moved permanantly redirect? I wouldn't want any of my old links because they're unnatural, right?
     
  9. Laubster

    Laubster Senior Member Premium Member

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    The domain's penalized, done for, dead. Just forget about it and start over. If you clone the site to .net G will still notice most likely
     
  10. Astrael

    Astrael Newbie

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    What if I change the wording of the content and the design and switch to .net? Would that be alright? We have a pretty big forum presence so rebranding would hurt a lot.
     
  11. SEO Power

    SEO Power Elite Member

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    Rewriting your content can help you avoid any mobile penalties (penalties that can be transferred) on the new domain. I recommend changing your web host to avoid leaving footprints that might link the penalized site to the new one.
     
  12. th0m4s

    th0m4s Regular Member

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    Do people not link disavow anymore?
     
  13. Gyuman82

    Gyuman82 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If you change it to a .net you'll be fine, as of now at least anyway.
     
  14. lord1027

    lord1027 Elite Member

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    You should be fine for now if you're moving to .net. Still, I would probably rewrite the content.