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Old 02-05-2011, 02:45 PM
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How long do penalties usually last?

Now I know some SEO experts will say that a Google penalty will only be applied until the problem is resolved. This suggests that when the problem is resolved, the penalty is immediately removed.

However, I have a site that recently went from #1 to #60 for its most important key word. This cannot be simply a result of small but constant algorithm changes. This has to be a penalty. However, I honestly cannot figure out why I am being penalized.

So my question is this: If Google penalizes your site (for whatever reason) and you remedy the situation (assuming you know the reason why), how long do these penalties usually last?

In other words: How long does a Google Penalty usually last?

I've heard usually three months, but I was wondering if there was anybody here who thought he/she knew.
 
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:56 PM
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How are you so sure that your rank loss is due to being penalized? Sometimes websites might experience ranking filters, no bans or penalties, and some days or weeks or time might be required before getting things in order. For instance, sometimes when a newly launched site gets so many links very fast, its ranks for nearly most terms and targeted words may experience drops for some time and these are filters, not necessarily penalties.
 
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:19 AM
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it's depend, usually 60 or 90 days. but some time also 30 or 7 days.
if you are penalized by google make the necessary changes to your website to automatically come out from penalty.
 
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:04 PM
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i think it depends on the penalty.. if your site is totally banned by google you can still file for reinclusion.. just to make sure..
 
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:33 AM
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I have not got any of my sites penalized till now. so i am totally unaware of this situation.
 
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:03 AM
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It is impossible to answer precisely. Google only knows.
On my website, for a penalty with a suroptimisation anchors, the return to normal was done in three months.
 
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:45 AM
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i think its very much possible. its because you may have done some thing wrong for sure. most usual causes of this problems are:
1. some of your site links may have been broken or they are no more do follow to serve you link juice.
2. may be some of your posts have some black hat used. it always happened in case of cheap content writer. i personally have suffered this problem. one of my content writer was very good in his work. gradually i stopped supervising him and after a few month i suddenly checked some of the writings and they were just scams. luckily i was able to remove all of those contents. plz check it out.
i think Google crawl sites in around 90 days so if you manage to solve the problems in 90 days you can get your penalty withdrawn. and i think it will be done totally automatically.
 
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:35 AM
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This is totally depend on google, One of my site is still penalized, and I don't when they re include them. One thing you can do is solve problem and regularly claim for re inclusion.

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Old 02-10-2011, 01:25 AM
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Now I know some SEO experts will say that a Google penalty will only be applied until the problem is resolved. This suggests that when the problem is resolved, the penalty is immediately removed.

However, I have a site that recently went from #1 to #60 for its most important key word. This cannot be simply a result of small but constant algorithm changes. This has to be a penalty. However, I honestly cannot figure out why I am being penalized.

So my question is this: If Google penalizes your site (for whatever reason) and you remedy the situation (assuming you know the reason why), how long do these penalties usually last?

In other words: How long does a Google Penalty usually last?

I've heard usually three months, but I was wondering if there was anybody here who thought he/she knew.
it depends, usually it may last to 1 week up to 1 month. the number of day/s can add if you still do the same things that made your website penalized
 
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:22 PM
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Penalties do exist. I was pretty sure a site of mine recieved a 30 day one last year. A 7 day, I don't think exists, that is not really a penalty of sorts whn you think about it.

I also have a friend who had a 1 year penalty...100,000 visits day...then nothing...but a trickle, and a year to the day...the traffic is back?

I also know a guy who has had a 2 year penalty...same scenario...literally 2 yrs to the day.

If you are just at position 60...that is not a penalty. You would be buried in the serps.
 
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:14 PM
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I have not got any of my sites penalized till now. so i am totally unaware of this situation.
How can this possibly help the OP? If you have nothing helpful to add, it would be appreciated if you skipped this post to find a thread where you can make a genuine contribution. Please.

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Every time Google change his own algorithm so it can be difficult to tell exactly but Google support team tell you exactly that what happened with your website.
If the OP has tripped a filter or earned a penalty, it's not related to an algo change. And in my experience Google does NOT tell you anything exactly. At best you will get a note referring you to Google's webmaster guidelines. it's down to the webmaster to comb through their own site and determine where they may not be in compliance.

Many years ago, a client site earned a ban for linking to some bad neighborhoods. When I went through their links I found many had changed to casinos and porn. I removed the outgoing links, requested a reinclusion and the was back on the top of the SERPs in 24-48 hours.
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Penalties do exist. I was pretty sure a site of mine recieved a 30 day one last year. A 7 day, I don't think exists, that is not really a penalty of sorts whn you think about it.

I also have a friend who had a 1 year penalty...100,000 visits day...then nothing...but a trickle, and a year to the day...the traffic is back?

I also know a guy who has had a 2 year penalty...same scenario...literally 2 yrs to the day.

If you are just at position 60...that is not a penalty. You would be buried in the serps.
I have never heard of "expiring" penalties before. There was a SEJ piece a while ago that talked about penalties in terms of how far down the SERPs a site is pushed: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/h...re-there/6949/.

But I wonder, what sort of penalty will apply in a case like this:

http://www.techrockies.com/overstock...s-0034141.html

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Salt Lake City-based online retailer Overstock.com has been hit by a major search penalty from search engine Google. According to a report from the WSJ, Google is penalizing Overstock for artificially boosting rankings in the search engine through its linking policies. The WSJ said the firm's results have now dropped from the top pages on many search terms to the fifth or sixth page of Google's results. The penalties came after Overstock.com encouraged colleges and universities to post links to its site from .edu addresses--a move which had helped boost its rankings, because Google's algorithm weights .edu links more heavily than other sites.
Here's the full WSJ article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...ws_BlogsModule

And on the penalty scorecard, here's a handy assessment tool to discern whether you've been hit with a penalty, or just lost rank: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/how-to-ha...of-real-estate.
 
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:12 PM
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Have you been using the same, most important key phrase in the majority of anchor text in your link building strategies? You could be subject to the thresholds Google has in place to prevent Google Bombing... I'm pretty sure this happened to me on a couple of situations - I was doing very well on two different sites for two different key phrases, getting to page 1 and then suddenly bombed out the top 10 pages for that key phrase (whereas other key phrases did not suffer rankings).

One was very recent and the ranking drop is still in place and the other happened a couple of years ago and took about a year to recover. I can only advise, if this is the case, to vary your anchor text, vary your destination URL, vary the sites you are linking from (but still link from relevant sites)... in fact, do everything you can to make link building look natural!
 
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:16 PM
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my website keyword get top positing since started seo and never gone down
Congrats on your success but Let's try to keep this thread on topic. I've quoted parts on the thread creators opening post below.

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In other words: How long does a Google Penalty usually last?

I've heard usually three months, but I was wondering if there was anybody here who thought he/she knew.
 
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:37 AM
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You need to rectify the things for which the site is penalized and then request for reconsideration.

If you are lucky your penalty will be lifted soon.

But please make sure you are penalized, there are many cases when people panic and request for reconsideration when their ranking fall down (considering it as penalty for some reason)

Just check the links to check the root cause of your penalty
Source : Google webmaster forum
http://www.google.com/support/forum/...f8837e03&hl=en
You can also check this video which is guiding ‘how to deal with penalties’
http://www.google.com/support/webmas...y?answer=35843
 
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