The Road To Recovery
From Penguin 2.0
In the first update, nearly 2 weeks ago, I shone some light on the stats behind the trouble that this blog has had with the most recent Penguin 2.0 update.
I did a lot of pouring through data from my side and repeatedly came up empty handed in terms of what might have been setting Google’s alarm off accidentally.
Have a look at devastating free report from Fruition.com’s Google Penalty Checker.
Google Webmaster Tools Site Links section seem as though it should contain the answers, but is littered with not only multiple thousands of links but many of which don’t actually seem to point to this site. I felt like I was banging my head against a wall looking through their listing.
Finally, I purchased a Link Audit report from Clint Butler. This is a really affordable SEO service he offers. Start with a free site-check at Olympia SEO and then follow up from there.
My first assumption was to sort the output Excel file by Rule (meaning which rule they were breaking) but I finally settled on sorting the report by “Risk”. I did this since not all breakers of the same rule had the same risk.
From this link report, I found 6 “Deadly Risk” and 48 “High Risk” flagged links. I added these to a notepad file (copy/paste) which I named disavow.txt.
While looking at these 54 links, I noticed that many .WS sites were being flagged. It said it was likely due to issues with their theme but my gut tells me it’s more likely universal with that domain postfix and something I’ll need to watch for since I have a couple friends using that domain postfix.
I took the 54 links and filed a “Disavow Link” request for those 54 links. I did this at a link level rather than a domain level since there were very few duplicates.
Once that was done, I headed over to file a “Reconsideration Request” with the Google Webmaster Tools form.
About 12 hours later I received an email from the webform stating that my request had been received and that I could expect to hear something in one to two weeks.
I don’t think there is any way I could have – as a single person – walked through more than 30,000 links to my site in the site report and picked out the 6 “deadly risk” links with full accuracy. I’m incredibly glad I got the report from Clint, even though it is only a partial report, but also incredibly frustrated at what this means for the average person trying to keep their site ranking without having to micromanage SEO risks.
Fortunately or unfortunately, Google replied with… Well.. spiffy… but not useful.
Great, so there’s no manual penalty (knew that) but that of course doesn’t resolve the current algorithm change issues.
Oh well, back to the drawing board…
Are we having fun with Google algorithm changes yet?
~ Kim ~
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PS: I still suggest grabbing the link report. You can never go wrong getting damaging links out of your link profile.