FYI: Google's Reconsideration Request Now In Manual Actions

Aug 13, 2013 • 8:02 am | comments (17) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsLast week, Google launched the new manual actions viewer within Webmaster Tools. Since then, webmasters have been asking where the reconsideration request form has gone.

Well, it is now part of manual actions.

Why Did Google Remove The Reconsideration Request Form?

Why? Well, reconsideration requests only work for manual actions, not for algorithmic actions. So it makes sense that Google only allow you to submit a reconsideration request, which they are now calling "request review," under the manual actions. It will lead to less reconsideration requests for Googlers to review and the requests submitted should be more on target.

I know that after this manual actions launched, webmasters and SEOs felt duped. They removed tons of links, disavowed, nofollowed, and spent countless hours fixing things when in fact they either didn't have a manual action or had a manual action that didn't hurt their rankings. So the communication is indeed better right now, but has room to improve.

How Do You Submit A Reconsideration Request?

Now, you need to login to Webmaster Tools click on "manual actions" under "search traffic" and if there is a manual action you can view it and click "request review." If not, you cannot submit a reconsideration request.

Request Review In Google Manual Actions

When you click request review, this pop up overlays on top of the manual action:

Request Review In Google Manual Actions

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08/13/2013 12:30 pm

Sounds like a good plan to me. Browse the webmaster section of Google groups and there are tons of threads that consist of "this happened, my rankings/traffic have fallen, I have submitted 63 reconsideration requests since last Thursday..." Someone tells them they probably don't have a manual action against their site and so the reconsideration requests are probably being ignored... "...alright, so I have changed XYZ and submitted a reconsideration request, why hasn't..." ...and everyone face palm.


08/13/2013 01:15 pm

google found unnatural links, was unable to recognize is it really bad or not, and prefer to ban site. Not count this links is not option, because of "puppy training process".


08/13/2013 01:19 pm

it everything because lack of information from google. Google give us 0.0001% from real things how it works. And often it lie or even bugs in google code. Really search engines must have open-source code, it will prevent also cheat by search engine owners. But of course code need to be updated often and using anti-spam signatures, which updated in real time. It harder way to do, but it only way to everyone sure what search engine not cheating them with youtube/wikipedia/brands and own properties and have ONLY ONE way for every site to earn trust, authority and ranking. Google doing by other way, so I can only imagine how much webmasters hate google after their animal kingdom.


08/13/2013 03:04 pm



08/13/2013 03:06 pm

yeah, exolon.


08/16/2013 08:29 pm

i don't understand. we spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars trying to fix the problems and now we can't submit a reconsideration request because we didn't have a manual action against us? We still lost 80% of our organic search traffic so there must have been some aggressive action...


08/20/2013 03:24 pm

My site is listed has the warning "Site may be compromised" In the Google search results. I removed a pharm hack from the header and went to submit a reconsideration request on the manual actions page, and since they don't find any manual actions, the reconsideration request link is not there. How do I submit a request if I don't get the link????


09/09/2013 03:33 am

ARGH!! I am in the same boat! I don't know what to do, either, and I've been working on how to get this warning removed all no avail. If I figure it out, I'll let you know!

Matt Stott

10/09/2013 07:47 am

Hi Roundtable Team, Do you know of any other way to contact Google regarding issues with a webmasters specific site? From reading a lot of the chatter around this move, it seems like a few sites are stuck in a compromising position. Our site has had an 'unnatural links' message it's still in our account to this day....but we now can't file a reconsideration request because no manual action has been taken. Does anyone have any advice? Regards Matt


11/05/2013 01:43 pm

I think it is time for a multi BILLON dollar class action lawsuit against Google. Who is with me?


11/11/2013 06:27 am

why don't you take a manual action? should be pretty easy to do even just a little. review the list of links on your WMT and select couple of them which are really bad. contact the site's owner and request to remove them. site wide links should be a good place to start with


11/11/2013 06:31 am

sounds like your issue related to algorithm change. you have to go over the changes as done in the algorithm in the last few months and the data you have about your site/marketing activities to see what can be the reason.


12/03/2013 02:08 am

Hello: I have no manual actions and no errors on my sitemap. However, after the October 4th release my site has completely erased from the search results. I have no idea of how to resolve this. I can't file for a review because it isn't telling me anything is wrong. Thanks!

Jannatul Ferdous Shumi

12/10/2013 04:28 am

If my site did not get any manual action warning, but still after disavowing the bad links I want to send reconsideration request. How should I proceed to send reconsideration request to Google Spam team.

Al Wasl Cruising

12/21/2013 10:50 am

I am facing same bad time like you guys and unable to find a path to reconsider my website. Can anyone guide me please that Google send any email before penalizing a website?Because I didn't receive any email or message but my website is removed fro ranking after 4th Oct.


02/20/2014 06:54 am

You need to remove the link manually then just wait to re-crawl your site by Google. Hope it will then work to regain the ranking for your site.

Akshay Hallur R

06/06/2014 10:42 am

I am also facing a bad time, my domain has been dropped or expired twice before my acquisition. It has no manual actions, it has algorithmic penalty possibly caused by the previous owners. How can I ask Google to reconsider? Am I in deadlock? I am facing the problems caused by previous owners. How can I inform Google about it? Please help me! If there's noway, then should I start a new one?

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