Did You Submit Multiple Google Reconsideration Requests?

Sep 25, 2012 • 9:23 am | comments (15) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

duplicate submissionsIt is not uncommon for those who feel they were hit by a Google penalty to submit more than one Google reconsideration request. But does it hurt you to submit multiple requests? Does it slow things down? Do Googlers get annoyed?

About a year ago, Eric Enge interviewed Tiffany Oberoi of Google and one of her recommendations was that you do not submit multiple reconsideration requests. She said, "I don’t recommend sending multiple reconsideration requests in a very short period of time or submitting reconsideration requests for tons of sites all at once rather than one site at a time." She said it can be taken "as a sign of bad faith."

Really? Tiffany is one of those Googlers that sit in the search quality meetings (at least some).

But John Mueller said in a Google Webmaster Help thread:

In general, if you submit a new reconsideration request before a previous one has been processed (sometimes - depending on the issues involved and on the size of the queue - it can take up to a few weeks or more to be processed), then those additional reconsideration requests may be looked at by the web-spam team, but they're generally seen as duplicates and not responded to. Because of that, it's usually best to wait for a response before submitting something new (and even better, to wait until you have something very substantial that was improved before submitting the first reconsideration request).

He doesn't recommend you submit duplicate requests but if you do, generally a Googler will just mark them as duplicates and not bother responding to the duplicates. But sometimes not and someone they may be looked at individually by a Google web spam team member and may lead to a slow down in your request - I assume.

So if you can, try not to submit duplicate requests. Google does a good job now communicating they received the request and sometimes will respond after reviewing them (more often than not these days).

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Nick Stamoulis

09/25/2012 01:30 pm

I know it's nerve wracking while you're waiting for your site to be "rescued" by a reconsideration request, but there really is no way to force the process along any faster. Site owners hate being told to wait but there isn't much else you can do.


09/25/2012 01:46 pm

The most annoying thing after submitting your request is that you have to WAIT for unspecified time period.

Chris Clayton

09/25/2012 02:47 pm

I dont mind waiting but what I find frustrating is the lack of information they provide in their negative response. I provide a full document, disclosing all that has been done, including excel sheet with all links and action taken and those that have remained etc. I ask that if they still find disagreement over links then to please give me one single example. But nothing, just the same auto-generated email back saying there are still links against their guidelines. I removed over 4000 links (72%) yet still no helpful response, I then post a message on the forum like they suggest with all the information and no response as to what the problem could be. What am I left to do? Its very frustrating especially when it can be very subjective as to what a manipulated link is.

Marie Haynes

09/25/2012 04:07 pm

I think that one of the main problems is that webmasters don't know how long they have to wait for a response. Sometimes you'll get a response in 3 days. But, let's say you failed that reconsideration and you make some changes and apply again and it's been three weeks with no response, what do you do? The mature answer is to wait, but I'm sure many webmasters think, "What if they didn't get my response?" and then they send another one in. Just today, one of my clients got this response from Google: "We've received a request from a site owner to reconsider how we index the following site: http://www.example.com/ We'll review the site. If we find that it's no longer in violation of our Webmaster Guidelines, we'll reconsider our indexing of the site. Please allow several weeks for the reconsideration request. We do review all requests, but unfortunately we can't reply individually to each request. So, does that mean that she may not get a reply? Communication with Google is definitely frustrating!

Paige Willey

09/25/2012 04:53 pm

From my experience with clients, I think everyone should wait until they have something very substantial to submit for their request regardless of whether they are submitting multiple requests or just one.

Scott McKirahan

09/25/2012 06:13 pm

It's really no different than if you received a very similar looking e-mail to the one that you already haven't gotten to that's in your inbox. One of the two is getting deleted, I assure you. Although I agree that is is frustrating communicating with them and that time frames vary widely, it is what it is. They are in no way obligated to tell you anything, in fact. I think the best advice is to wait for a real response after getting the initial automated one. The first time it took a month for me to get that reply (not a good one). The second time, it only took three days (same site, this time it was good news!).


09/25/2012 07:35 pm

Does anyone have a avg. waiting time now? I usually see responses within 1-3 months.

Agam Panwar

09/26/2012 10:34 am

All said is good but they should respond back to the requests especially if the request is backed with the excel sheets/facts. I have been in similar situation many a times as that of Mr. Chris and yes I find it very frustrating. I want to know "clearly" as what went wrong and not those stupid auto generated mails.


09/26/2012 02:49 pm

Does anyone know how local requests are handled? I usually write in english, even for sites targeting non-english countries. I'm wondering where a request written in an another language goes and how it's taken care of.

Bill Sebald

09/26/2012 03:44 pm

I did what John said, and always only had one out while waiting for a reply (you may have seen my post on it). It helped me figure out what the offending action really was. Took about 3-5 weeks for each one of my responses.


09/26/2012 04:09 pm

do you ever work? You are always providing obvious "answers" in every seo thread.

Rekha Bisht

09/27/2012 10:25 am

That'a true that submitting reconsideration request ton of time in a very short time can cause no response. But no can wait as if we submit our site for reconsideration, we will have to wait to for a unspecified time.

Mark Sinclair

10/06/2012 10:44 am

I have send many for my websites affecting with panda but still i am waiting for the answer so it is waste of time instead do some thing else or make new business.

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