"No Manual Action" Response After Google Reconsideration Request

Nov 22, 2011 • 8:16 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google WebmasterA WebmasterWorld thread has one webmaster posting in the forum a copy of a response he received from Google after submitting a reconsideration request to Google.

The webmaster thought his site violated some guidelines but to his surprise, it did not violate a guidelines that was manually triggered. Google said there was "no manual action" taken against the site, but the site still may be suffering due to automated algorithms that feel the site is not worthy of ranking high.

Here is the Google response:

Dear site owner or webmaster of http://www.example.com/,

We received a request from a site owner to reconsider http://www.example.com/ 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

I've never seen one of these responses yet but I know Google has been sending them for the past few months.

The webmaster is now asking himself, what do I do now?

So he is currently working on technical issues and other basic SEO implementations to try to get his site ranking well in Google.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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11/22/2011 01:34 pm

Now he gets his shit together and tries to make his site more relevent. I'm glad they're duping the exploiters of the algorithm.

Jack Webb

11/22/2011 02:00 pm

Totally agree that he will be left scratching his head but at least they did respond. They might be telling lies!


11/22/2011 02:32 pm

Ahhh... Don't you love when people makes this kind of statements -such as the above one- when they even probably know they website is being talked about?  Anyway, you running a white label where only the header has changed and then posting this says enough. ;) Sorry, but I'm kinda tired of those who throw sh*t everywhere, just for the sake of doing it.

Alex Genadinik

11/22/2011 04:41 pm

Many innocent sites are getting penalized by Google, and unless they are a big brand-name site, it can really kill their business.  Best approach is probably make businesses less reliant on Google moving forward.  They are not always a fair or reliable partner.


11/22/2011 05:32 pm

Google is going after your wallet. Promote Google's competitors and call your senators.

Steven Lockey

11/28/2011 12:17 pm

Not sure why this is news, its the standard responce e-mail if people submit a reconsideration request and there is no penalty for Google to reconsider.


12/09/2011 03:14 pm

Manual action by Google is when you are doing something seriously devious. In most cases it is because sites are getting hit by penalties in the algorithm. I have had people come to me for SEO work because their previous SEO guy did something to trigger this penalty, and in nearly every case I found that the cause was simply bad SEO.


02/28/2012 02:48 pm

I have also same problem as mentioned here. I am going to request for reconsideration of my website.


10/02/2012 11:48 am

Please share the negative aspects that can happen after reconsideration? will my other sites submitted in the webmaster can be affected?

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