Will The Number Of Reconsideration Requests Drop With Google's Manual Actions Viewer?

Aug 29, 2013 • 8:57 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsIn a video by Google's Matt Cutts yesterday, Matt shared that Google receives about 5,000 reconsideration requests per week. Google has told us they review each and every request submitted individually. So as you can imagine, that can take a lot of man hours.

That being said, as you know, Google launched the manual actions viewer earlier this month and with that, moved the ability to submit a request only if you have a manual action.

So when Matt Cutts tweeted about the 5,000 number, I asked if the number dropped since the only way to submit a request is to have a manual action.

Matt Cutts didn't respond directly to my question but did say on Twitter "different people at Google actually had different opinions about whether reconsiderations would spike or not."

Of course, initially, it may spike because people who thought they did not have penalties now will know they did. But all those people thinking they had manual penalties submitting false reconsideration requests will now be prevented.

I wonder if this will reduce the number of requests submitted in the long term.

Time will tell.

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08/29/2013 04:11 pm

oh, poor reviewers. only 5000 reviews per week. even adult sites get more submissions per week. Bad SEO or small TRUSTRANK??? ;-) But anyway, it easy to see what even manual penalty removal & disavow is not helps. And google treat natural links in same way as unnatural links (even in examples), their system is broken. I think 5000 reviews per week is very very low number and it show webmasters trust to google. But looks like webmasters community not trust "don't be evil inc".


08/29/2013 04:20 pm

Yeah it will drop, since they have now removed the means for webmasters to ask Google to remove the "This Site May Be Compromised" tag after they were hacked. They are now giving priority attention to webmasters who they feel broke the rules, and leaving innocent webmasters who were hacked through no fault of their own out to dry: http://productforums.google.com/d/msg/webmasters/4gablQU738Q/eM29LBQDQtcJ


08/29/2013 04:35 pm

may be google will want to use blackhat? just spam all your gwt members about manual penalty, "you need submit reconsideration request and money for analyzing of your backlinks". In this case conversion ratio will much better. But not forget to put nofollow links into your email message!!!!


08/29/2013 06:18 pm

or another idea (blackhat), send email to webmasters like "you just got a unnatural link from yahoo or dmoz directory. You can pay $1000 to disavow it instantly or you can submit a manual reconsideration request & use disavow tool for free". Just imagine how much money, you not will need adwords!


08/29/2013 10:21 pm

YES it will drop ....


09/01/2013 03:47 am

5,000 reconsideration request is indeed a very huge number, how long will it take Google to review all these requests? Are there really so many people trying to trick the search engines? or were the penalty applied ti these sites in error from Google?

Ashish Ahuja

09/07/2013 02:46 pm

Will somebody ask Mr. Cutts, where to submit reconsideration request for correcting google algorithm and the mess that it has become

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