Google Penalty On WWW Revoked But Remains On Non-WWW

Oct 24, 2013 • 8:53 am | comments (14) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

traffic conesA WebmasterWorld thread has an interesting discussion around how a webmaster said his manual penalty was revoked on his WWW but remains on his non WWW.

The non WWW is 301 redirected to the WWW and the WWW is set as the preferred domain in Webmaster Tools.

The webmaster with this problem said:

A site I watch has a manual penalty. After a lot of link cleaning and reconsideration request, Google has revoked penalty on www version, while penalty on non-www version stays. Both www and non-www versions verified in WMT and 301 redirected from non-www to www.

Its about a week now since penalty on www was revoked and the site doesn't even rank for

Have you ever seen this case, where the WWW vs the non WWW don't have timed penalties properly?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Hemant Malav

10/24/2013 01:25 pm

It could be an effect of 301 redirect due to which non www version doesnt show up in SERP.


10/24/2013 03:16 pm

So reverse the 301?

Brady D. Callahan

10/24/2013 04:16 pm

Not sure I completely believe the person to be honest. A similar question I've had for awhile now though: if you've set up the www. and non www. versions of a site in GWT, do you still need to manage both? Or only the one you have set to preferred?


10/24/2013 04:38 pm

In my experience: 301 the non-preferred to the other and you should be just fine. Googlebot, and other spiders, will be served up the content on the site the 301 points to; the same applies for users. 'Linking metrics' will also find their way over to the site the 301 points to.

Arpit Agarwal

10/25/2013 01:20 am

So, should webmasters remove 301 from WWW to Non WWW and force Spider to Crawl site with WWW. It revoke manual penalty?


10/25/2013 07:01 am

Hi, its not true. We have a Projekt with a penalty on the www. domain and after 301 to non www, 1 week later the blue letter from google come again ;)


10/25/2013 11:17 am

So from now 301 is good for our website or not?


10/25/2013 11:21 am

So from now 301 is good for website or not???


10/25/2013 11:25 am

if this happen than what is the right thing that 301 is there for website, Is that will be good or bad ?


10/25/2013 11:35 am

I am also very confused why Google has approved the www version and the non www version is still penalized. It they have revoked the the www version then you should focus on www version rather then the non www version. I believe this might be due to Hummingbird Algorithm update. We should keep aware of this.

Sundar Rawat

10/25/2013 12:04 pm

I strongly want to know that message which was in GWT's manual penalty section.

Kenneth von Rauch

10/25/2013 09:45 pm

I bet it's a Google's bug


10/26/2013 05:09 am

That is my guess too

Sweta Srivastava

10/29/2013 04:38 am

First of all, webmaster should remove 301 redirection from non www version to www version because doing redirection can pass penalty to www version. Then they should sent a reconsidering request to Google saying this issue...

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