Types Of Google Reconsideration Requests Responses

Nov 20, 2012 • 8:52 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ReportMatt Cutts of Google did a video answering the question How long does a reconsideration request take to process?

Matt said at the end of the video, it should not take more than a couple weeks to get a response to a reconsideration request. If it takes more than a couple weeks, he suggests you post something in the Google Webmaster Forum.

Four Responses To A Google Reconsideration Request

The interesting part of the video is not the answer to the question but how Google classifies the different responses they may give to reconsideration requests. There are four response buckets:

(1) You do not have a manual action against your web site.

(2) You did have a manual action but Google removed it after reviewing your reconsideration request.

(3) You do have a manual action against your site and still do because there are still issues with your site.

(4) Google processed your reconsideration request, which means, you are between numbers two and three. Google needs to look deeper and maybe you resolved some things but not all things. Maybe Google found something interesting they want to look deeper into.

I guess you probably do not want to get the "we've processed" response to a reconsideration request. It doesn't sound good to get one of those. Being in limbo is a scary place to be - you don't know what to do. Do you make changes? Do you wait? That is a scary thing for a webmaster.

But to answer the question above, it shouldn't take more than two weeks. Here is the video:

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11/20/2012 03:55 pm

My first one took 5 weeks to get a "human" response back. My second one took 5 days.


11/20/2012 06:24 pm

2 weeks is a joke. I have yet to see a case where it's anywhere near 2 weeks. I guess Cutts underestimated how many people would react.

Marie Haynes

11/20/2012 09:51 pm

Ever since the disavow tool was launched I haven't seen any reconsideration requests responded to. I figured there was a backlog. Matt did say it could take longer than 2 weeks if a new tool was launched.

Peter Watson

11/21/2012 10:30 am

Well I haven't had a reply from Google for my last 6-7 reconsideration request as discussed here: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!mydiscussions/webmasters/m42l0K5Ojxw. So what am I supposed to do now?


11/21/2012 01:02 pm

We just received a successful response "....revoked" about 4 weeks after doing our most recent reconsideration request, 3days after the disavow tool went live. Yippee!! Previously we have had response times ranging from 3 weeks down to 1 day.


11/21/2012 01:09 pm

ask John Mueller in a google webmaster hangout if he can check it out for you, he is a great guy and very friendly and helpful! As usual just be calm, respectful, honest and genuine. See here for more info: https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/office-hours they are typically held Friday night Aussie aest or 2 or 3am Tueaday Aest.


11/22/2012 12:31 am

Actually I had a few replies from reconsideration requests in 5-7 days - usually not the reply I was expecting (+3 from barry's list) but still a reply. :)

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