I shared my experience here with everyone at the WF, and while everyone had their opinions, I was still certain I hadn't did anything to violate rules. I follow a strict process in building out my websites with top-quality content, as well as using proper backlinking methods. Plus, I only lost a few of my sites and not all of them, which led me to believe there was some kind of manual action taken. The cause for it, however, was still unsolved.
So, I filed a reconsideration request. Didn't hear anything back forever, and I thought I was doomed. I even sat back and gave up on Adsense for awhile, just because this was a big blow to me and my business plan.
During the process, I would still check my Adsense account periodically. So today, I logged in just like any other day and noticed that my earnings were practically back to where they used to be when I had those de-indexed sites. Traffic was there and money was there.
I thought I was dreaming.
Sure enough, I log into Google Webmaster Tools and see a message that says "Manual Spam Action Revoked".
Yep - ALL OF MY DE-INDEXED SITES ARE NOW BACK, EARNING MONEY AND EVEN WENT DAMN NEAR CLOSE TO THE RANKINGS THEY HAD BEFORE!
Want to know the reason why a manual spam action was taken against me? I'll tell you this:
- It wasn't because I had "low quality, spammy Adsense sites"
- It wasn't because I was linking to "bad neighborhoods"
- It wasn't due to any host, malware or any other related issues
You know the real reason? Someone (most likely a competitor) decided to report one of my websites as "spam".
The scary part? It took TWO reconsideration requests to get Google to believe that I wasn't doing anything wrong. So, they essentially took the request and dropped a ton of sites. I wonder if they even looked at the sites when they did it.
Regardless, I have to say that I'm happy that I beat this and rode it out. Sometimes you gotta keep fighting when you know you've been punished for something you didn't do. Today is a damn good day, and now I can finally shift my focus back to these sites and continue to build them out to increase their earnings from here on out.
Hopefully this will show those out there that if you follow the rules and still manage to get hit with something like I did, just be persistent and keep fighting. It took me awhile, but I'm so glad I've got everything back.
Now, it's back to business