Google's New Reconsideration Requests With A Note From Your Reviewer

Jun 16, 2014 • 8:19 am | comments (14) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsLast week, we reported that Google is improving their reconsideration request rejections with more feedback.

Well, now I have a picture of a reconsideration request submitted to one of our readers back on Friday. The new reconsideration request rejection notice has a note on the bottom of the templated rejection notice that reads, "A note from your reviewer."

@johnedwarddoyle shared the image with me on Twitter:

Google New Reconsideration Requests With A Note From Your Reviewer

Then it goes on to show a hand written note from the Googler who responded to this specific reconsideration request.

The advice is actually eye opening, it reads:

Check the canonical version of your site to see more link data in your Webmaster Tools account when you're auditing your links. Learn more about canonicals here:

So we have a Googler here saying you still have many bad links to your site and we know you are looking at the wrong data. To get to the right data, you need to visit Webmaster Tools reports for the canonical URL where these links are pointing.

That advice is golden, and most SEOs and Webmasters wouldn't think to look there.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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Yo Mamma

06/16/2014 04:02 pm

If a site has not MANUAL actions noted, but was hit by Penguin, what is the best form & location to ask for a 'reconsideration' to boost it back to pre-Penguin ????


06/16/2014 05:31 pm

Find a right backlink data for link removal is the only key to get pre position. @rustybrick:disqus Am i right here? And @disqus_05a9A0GszW:disqus there is no any announcement from Google to submit reconsideration for algo penalty. @barry can you please give some insight for this case?

Art Enke

06/16/2014 05:54 pm

Thanks for sharing this example Barry. We have not yet received a "note from your reviewer" on any reconsideration request responses yet but hope these will target any important links overlooked, as with the example above. Recently we saw a denied reconsideration response contained 3 example links which contained only branded anchor text and contacted Google Webmaster Support directly (not via the reconsideration request form). Here's their verbatim response below: "Hello [name removed], Thank you for your email. It looks like the most recent examples that were sent to you weren't the best. Try looking out for keyword-rich optimized links, often found in the footers of distributed articles for the purposes of getting links, such as this:" [example URL removed] "Remove any unnatural links that you can, and disavow what you're unable to get removed. Once you're sure that your site's backlinks have been cleaned up, go ahead and submit another reconsideration request. In the meantime, we'll pass your feedback along regarding the examples provided."

Jitendra Vaswani

06/17/2014 05:24 am

This is amazing, Googler responding to reconsideration request. Thanks for sharing this examples barry.


06/17/2014 08:36 am

I have recently worked with an agency based in US who were hit by partial manual action. What I did is worked on the links from GWT only but for both www and without www versions. I removed all possible bad links they have created through accounts login. Mailed to webmasters of other bad sites and documented the link removal request by taking print screen of all mails sent. After 2 months of hard work and mailing 3 times to webmaster I was able to remove 65-70% of bad links. For rest I disavow the links both in www and non-www version on GWT. In this process, I filed the reconsideration request once that was rejected. But after all works completed, after 2 months I refiled the reconsideration request and the partial manual penalty was removed.

Dev Prakash

06/17/2014 11:30 am

There are no way to ask for reconsideration until your site effect by malware, Don't know how this guy request for reconsideration. But still thanks for the information.

Dev Prakash

06/17/2014 11:30 am

Thanks for the information. This is first time I saw Google manual reply on reconsideration request.


06/17/2014 11:39 am

You do know that if you manage to remove all the links that got you affected by Penguin all you have done is removed the penalty. You will not automatically 'boost back' to pre-penguin. For that to happen you will need to work on your site and climb the rankings like everyone else without spamming. Spammy links were a box you stood on to get your head above the crowd. Penguin kicked the box away and put you in a ditch. Removing the penguin penalty will simply put you back on level ground; your box used to stand out is still gone.

Patti Paz

06/17/2014 11:56 am

ok, GREAT, but did the site, after getting the manual penalty removed, achieve any significant gains in its SERPs? It has been our experience that getting the penalty removed, in hind sight, was the easy part. Getting the original, or anything close to that, in the SERPs has proven to be next to impossible.


06/17/2014 01:52 pm

Can anyone share a Right Format for Disavowing links.. We have to send it to Google in a right manner so it can approved

Kenneth von Rauch

06/17/2014 02:18 pm

That's right, One of the sites I work for got a custom rely as well.

Ben Griffiths

06/17/2014 02:41 pm

You cannot. Wait for a Penguin refresh.

William Harvey

06/19/2014 08:40 am

I can also confirm custom notes although they tend to be for larger sites and big money domain purchases with penalty. It's a s shame we're constrained by NDA's. |>>That advice is golden, and most SEOs and Webmasters wouldn't think to look there. I'll be very surprised if this is the case, webmasters I can agree with but SEO's?


06/19/2014 11:46 am

Yes, you are right in getting back the rankings after penalty removal. Penalty removal is somewhat easy if you have done your job wisely and taken it seriously. But getting back the ranking is very difficult. You have to get back the links value you lost due to the penalty. In the process of link cleaning many good links also got removed, as you don't know what Google is seeing as a bad link profile. So, you need to get 1-2 trusted links slowly but on a continuous interval with non-keywords anchor text. What I am seeing within 20 days of penalty removal, they are gaining the rankings. Not the ones before penalty but better than after the penalty.

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