Cleaning Up A Penalizes Site Versus Burning It & Starting Again

Aug 28, 2008 • 8:10 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search & Web SEO Spam

A WebmasterWorld thread has early discussion on the topic of what to do about a penalized site. Should the webmaster destroy the domain and start on a new one or should he/she clean up the site and wait for Google to reinclude the site in the index? There are pros and cons to both avenues.

It totally depends on how bad your penalty is and what you did to warrant it. It depends on how new or old the site that got penalized is. It depends on how many quality links and trust you earned on the old site. Is it a throw away domain?

In most cases, I would say that it is best to clean up the penalized site, as opposed to starting new. But what do you think? Take our poll:

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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08/29/2008 09:43 am

We have to agree (at least I do as I witnessed it for mine and other people sites) that sometimes sites get heavily penalized for no apparent reason. In those cases it's impossible to clean up the site and then request a reinclusion. It's only possible to request a reinclusion but this has no effect whatsoever, no email to tell us what is the issue about our site and no email to tell us why our website is not reincluded in their index. So I voted burn the site and start fresh, but it depends of course on the other factors, it's not always my choice.

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