Google Reconsideration Request Errors Happen

Nov 6, 2013 • 8:18 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsThere is an interesting discussion at Google Webmaster Help forums where a new site at, which is the Center for Infectious Disease Genomics run by Washington University in St. Louis is marked with a manual action for "pure spam."

The issue seems to have been that the original domain name was used by a spammer and it had a manual action for pure spam.

But Susanna Siebert, the person responsible at the Center for Infectious Disease Genomics said she submitted a reconsideration request and it was rejected.

After days of back and forth with SEOs in the thread, Google's very own Eric Kuan came in to tell Susanna that this is an error on Google's end. He wrote:

It looks like there may have been an error when processing your reconsideration request. We're re-processing it now, and you should see a change in the Manual Actions Viewer in the next couple of days.

I am sure this is a big relief for Susanna and her team but all that wasted time and efforts over a processing error on Google's end...

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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11/06/2013 04:25 pm

only gov organizations can have "such" penalties revoked.


11/06/2013 04:39 pm

Oh look, it's xoxo posting nonsense and wild speculation. Gee, who would have seen that coming?


11/06/2013 05:33 pm



11/07/2013 11:34 am

Buying an old domain that was spammed is a risky thing. As in above case, the site owner is a big name in USA and it get the resolution. But for common users who don't have big name, it's better to buy a brand new domain or research well on the links of old domain before you decide to buy it. Else Google Penguin and Manual action will haunt you in near future.


11/07/2013 04:05 pm

Google datsbase is more messed up than the Affordable healthcare Site. LOL.... Lots of bugs in Google...They are trying to do good, but there is so much evil underneath

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