I won my Google reconsideration request

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So today i woke up and took a look at all of my rankings for each of the websites i own and to my utter surprise, one of my affiliate websites has regained all of its rankings prior to be slapped by Google.

On the 13th of October i wrote a reconsideration request to Google for my website which i've spoke of before on the forum when trying to get to the bottom of the cause. Upon seeing visitors to my website which was previous in the depth of 700+ in Google for the past two months, i logged in to Google Webmaster Tools to see if i've had a reply for my request.

Low and behold i had a reply from mighty Google. It simply stated that there was "no manual spam action" taken on my website, however it must of been an algorithmic penalty that they somehow, for some reason, decided to lift.

This isn't simply coincidence, it's definitely an action taken by Google to remove the penalty. The website has been in the depth of the never regions of Google since the 29th of July 2011.

Why was my website penalised?

Well, i'm almost 100% sure that it was from a competitor who is also in to affiliate marketing. He was always at the top, however i came along and started to compete with him and for some reason he has decided to report my website as spam and, similarly for some strange reason, Google decided to mark the website as spam and thus a penalty was incurred.

There is no other way to explain the penalty, plus Matt Cutts has mentioned that they don't take action on algorithmic penalties. So everyone beware of your competitors!

What steps i took to fight the penalty

In my reconsideration request i simply stated that as far as i knew there were no reasons for the site to have a penalty of any kind. My website offered some valuable content and also had Amazon affiliate links - i didn't state that i was an affiliate marketer, but rather someone who was trying to give the web a dose of high quality content whilst also giving myself a monetization method.

I added a few extra quality pages to my website that i thought offered value to the reader and also made some of the affiliate links on the affiliate review page a little less in your face.

So, those of you have been penalised by Google - do not threat. You need to take a few actions to add high quality pages to your website, ensure that the website is made for the readers and not for your pockets, primarily.

Been penalised for over 2 months? Head on over to Google Webmaster Tools and submit a reconsideration request - they replied to mine within a week and now my website is back where it belongs. I honestly never thought i'd see the day!
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  • Profile picture of the author razorhound
    Congratulation, is the site mainly for Amazon product review? And did Google tell you about lifting the penalty? Cause I just got at least 7 sites back from sandbox (an hour ago I guess) so could it be coincidence?
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  • Profile picture of the author MaverickUK
    Yes the website is mainly for Amazon product reviews. Google didn't tell me about lifting the penalty per say, but they did reply to my reconsideration request explaining that there was no manual penalty or such - however there was obviously some sort of penalty, otherwise i wouldn't of got my rankings back on the exact same day that they replied to my reconsideration request.

    It could be coincidence or could be part of a bigger operation at Google, who knows.
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  • Profile picture of the author razorhound
    Either way that's good news and hope it stays!
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  • Profile picture of the author webbill
    I think you did the right thing getting ranking better is all about good strategies and making things on the right corner.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaverickUK
    Thanks guys.

    Just thought i would add this. Even though the Google reconsideration request stated that there was no manual action taken against my website, thus there was nothing ever there for them to fix or de-penalise, they still visited my website today as i noticed a direct visit from San Francisco, California.

    So they've actually stated there is no penalty on my website, yet visited the site and seemingly lifted a penalty it had incurred. This makes me think they're basically covering their backs for a mistake that the web spam team made i.e. listening to my competitors spam report of my website without really taking a real look at my website.
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  • Profile picture of the author coronaborcalis
    Got this message after submitting reconsideration request last week, but still traffic for my best performer site drop like a stone after Panda Update at 14 October

    Dear site owner or webmaster of *****,
    We received a request from a site owner to reconsider ***** for compliance with Google's Webmaster Guidelines.

    We reviewed your site and found no manual actions by the webspam team that might affect your site's ranking in Google. There's no need to file a reconsideration request for your site, because any ranking issues you may be experiencing are not related to a manual action taken by the webspam team.

    Of course, there may be other issues with your site that affect your site's ranking. Google's computers determine the order of our search results using a series of formulas known as algorithms. We make hundreds of changes to our search algorithms each year, and we employ more than 200 different signals when ranking pages. As our algorithms change and as the web (including your site) changes, some fluctuation in ranking can happen as we make updates to present the best results to our users.

    If you've experienced a change in ranking which you suspect may be more than a simple algorithm change, there are other things you may want to investigate as possible causes, such as a major change to your site's content, content management system, or server architecture. For example, a site may not rank well if your server stops serving pages to Googlebot, or if you've changed the URLs for a large portion of your site's pages. This article has a list of other potential reasons your site may not be doing well in search.

    If you're still unable to resolve your issue, please see our Webmaster Help Forum for support.

    Sincerely,
    Google Search Quality Team
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
    Originally Posted by MaverickUK View Post

    Yes the website is mainly for Amazon product reviews. Google didn't tell me about lifting the penalty per say, but they did reply to my reconsideration request explaining that there was no manual penalty or such - however there was obviously some sort of penalty, otherwise i wouldn't of got my rankings back on the exact same day that they replied to my reconsideration request.

    It could be coincidence or could be part of a bigger operation at Google, who knows.
    Umm... if you didn't have a manual penalty as they said, then the reconsideration request did absolutely nothing.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaverickUK
    Okay Matt, so the fact that the followin occurred at the same time is all coincidential? Jeez, theres about as much chance of winning the lottety than ALL of this happening in a particular way.

    a) my website has been penalised since 28 July and just so happened to have it lifted on the same day that Google sent me the answer to my reconsideration.
    b) a Google representative visited my website on the day the penalty was lifted, the visit was from direct traffic from a user in California.
    c) before I went to sleep I checked the site, it still had a penalty and there were no visits.

    Therefore I'm curious as to how you think it's all coincidence? Plus if there was no penalty on the domain then why would a Google representative feel the need to visit the site in question? None of that adds up to make any sense.
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    • Profile picture of the author WealthWithin
      Originally Posted by MaverickUK View Post

      Okay Matt, so the fact that the followin occurred at the same time is all coincidential? Jeez, theres about as much chance of winning the lottety than ALL of this happening in a particular way.

      a) my website has been penalised since 28 July and just so happened to have it lifted on the same day that Google sent me the answer to my reconsideration.
      b) a Google representative visited my website on the day the penalty was lifted, the visit was from direct traffic from a user in California.
      c) before I went to sleep I checked the site, it still had a penalty and there were no visits.

      Therefore I'm curious as to how you think it's all coincidence? Plus if there was no penalty on the domain then why would a Google representative feel the need to visit the site in question? None of that adds up to make any sense.
      Yep. All of the above are probably unrelated.

      Your reconsideration response is just a template response. You get a different response if it has been reviewed by Google Staff.

      The rankings/traffic has come back from the algorithm, not from a manual approval.
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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      Originally Posted by MaverickUK View Post

      Okay Matt, so the fact that the followin occurred at the same time is all coincidential? Jeez, theres about as much chance of winning the lottety than ALL of this happening in a particular way.

      a) my website has been penalised since 28 July and just so happened to have it lifted on the same day that Google sent me the answer to my reconsideration.
      b) a Google representative visited my website on the day the penalty was lifted, the visit was from direct traffic from a user in California.
      c) before I went to sleep I checked the site, it still had a penalty and there were no visits.

      Therefore I'm curious as to how you think it's all coincidence? Plus if there was no penalty on the domain then why would a Google representative feel the need to visit the site in question? None of that adds up to make any sense.
      Not everyone in California works for Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author nadavs
    I also submitted a reconsideration request a while ago, still waiting for a response. Last time I asked them to review my site I got a message stating that some pages still violate the guidelines, so I made some changes (that I wanted to make before the penalty but postponed for months) and submitted another request.

    Hopefully now they'll restore my original rankings and let me go above the dreaded fifth page.

    Congratulations on your rankings. You prove that these requests do work.

    nadavs
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    • Profile picture of the author itsnaveenreddy
      Congratulations. Thats surely a win!
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  • Profile picture of the author JayBlogMan83
    Does the consideration request go for the entire website or just a few pages or page? What I mean is that I had about 2 pages which were ranked pretty high get removed by Google after I left about 4 comments linking back to them (It is the only thing I can think of) I never used any spamming or blackhats tricks... just legitimate comments..
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  • Profile picture of the author Lakbay
    Congratulations! My fear is that which you mentioned about your competitor reporting you as spam. It is unfortunate that people would go so low just to gain. But for you a BIG congratulations.
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    Major wootness, what a great experience!!

    Congrats indeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author boxoun
    You're jumping to conclusions. Last update was garbage and they tweaked it. My sites got favored without submitting consideration.
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  • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
    Congrats, to confirm there wasn't a message about a penalty to begin with? You simply filed one as a result of your sudden ranking drops?

    How far did your rankings drop?

    I'd be surprised if a competitor could do that, I'd hope there was more to the algo than a single spam report.
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    • Profile picture of the author MaverickUK
      Originally Posted by boxoun View Post

      You're jumping to conclusions. Last update was garbage and they tweaked it. My sites got favored without submitting consideration.
      Not at all. Post #9 clearly speaks for itself, for this to be coincidental is neigh on impossible. Penalised since 28th July and it just so happens that my rankings return on the same day Google reply to my consideration? Believe what you will.

      Originally Posted by RevSEO View Post

      Congrats, to confirm there wasn't a message about a penalty to begin with? You simply filed one as a result of your sudden ranking drops?

      How far did your rankings drop?

      I'd be surprised if a competitor could do that, I'd hope there was more to the algo than a single spam report.
      Yes I simply filed a reconsideration request as my rankings went from the 4th place on page 1 to around page 60-70 in the SERPs. I waited from 28th July to 13th October before filing the request.

      The request was answered on the same day that my rankings returned (20th October).
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      • Profile picture of the author JoeUK
        Very interesting to know, especially for those of us who who been similarly affected and need to request reconsideration.
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  • Profile picture of the author roady
    It's probably the panda effect... and not the reconsideration request... it's just a coincidence that you happened to send a reconsideration request and simultaneously the panda update was in the rolling-out phase.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Lavoie
      Originally Posted by roady View Post

      It's probably the panda effect... and not the reconsideration request... it's just a coincidence that you happened to send a reconsideration request and simultaneously the panda update was in the rolling-out phase.
      I second that. I got slapped HARD too and came back up a couple days ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayBlogMan83
    Guess many of us got slapped hard by the Panda update. I seem to be returning to what I was before Panda but I still lost 2 of my top pages. The panda updates mostly effect new sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    Nice suggestion, many ight shy of contacting the Big G but with competition hotting up for keywords it might just be a case of you being reported by the competition; if your site is no where to be found
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  • Profile picture of the author retsek
    Nothing to do with the reconsideration request. On October 13/14th, Google ran an iteration of Panda. There were big fluctuations in the SERPs and many sites lost ranking, yours included. After a few days, many people reported that they regain their positions or close to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaverickUK
    Restek, as stated in the posts I made, the website had been penalised since 29th of July.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Potts
    I think this is a great post. I agree that Google is covering their tracks. After all if they had sent an email stating they made a mistake it would be posted all over the internet...
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  • Profile picture of the author iklanmobil
    1st of all..congratulation guys..And I think..Getting our sites back after getting penalties is not easy..But the very very hard thing is to get our sites to get indexed again after get banned..At least it's my experience..
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  • Profile picture of the author BXPS
    Congratulations
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    • Profile picture of the author Raul991
      One of my "authority" sites got hacked once. The hacker uploaded some fake bank pages and sent spam emails from using my site. I lost my pr 4 and got deindexed and then I decided to submit reconsideration request to Google from my Webmaster tools account. It took only two weeks to get my pr and rankings back without any hassle, I was surprised that this was so quick and easy.

      I do not know if I would have tried to submit reconsideration request with my small affiliate sites, but hopefully I do not have to make the decision.

      Btw congrats for your Google reconsideration success
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