Google Reverses Number 6 Penalty?

Jan 23, 2008 • 7:36 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

In late December, we reported about a possible Position 6 Google Penalty. What that meant was that many people noticed their number one or two rankings all of a sudden dropped to position number 6.

Google's Matt Cutts denied such a penalty existed:

Hmm. I'm not aware of anything that would exhibit that sort of behavior.

But you never know what was put into the algorithm that would make Google behave that way?

In any event, folks over at WebmasterWorld, starting around message number 3550215 on January 16th, have noticed that for many of their keywords hit by the number 6 penalty (or whatever you want to call it), noticed they were back at number one! One such data center showing the "pre-number 6 penalty" results was reported at But many are now reporting that the number 6 penalty is now back and their number one rankings are again lost.

Aaron Wall posted How I Got My Google Ranking #6 Filter Removed but maybe he was looking at a datacenter that had "pre-#6 penalty" results also? Or maybe not?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Michael Martinez

01/23/2008 07:35 pm

SEOs create more (imaginary) penalties than the search engines create real ones. Experienced SEOs should know this by now: NEVER analyze a search algorithm while an update process is underway. Google has been rolling out changes of one sort or another over the past two months. Call them data refreshes, recrawls, minor algorithmic tweaks -- whatever. This happens every year and people still act like they're seeing rain for the first time.

Jaan Kanellis

01/24/2008 05:16 am

LOL, i cant get enough of Michael dry sense of humor on SEO. Michael you need to write a book including all of your funny stories on SEO and your experiences.

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