I am not sure if Google ever did anything about below.
It is old news to me and now I am focused on keeping Google from denying my "freedom of speech".
What a mess. I don't understand Google's stance of 'just clean it up when they're done'. Why should a site owner have to clean it up? How many good links will be hidden in that disavow file with 20,000 others and mistakenly get removed? Who has time to sort through 20,000+ links when they're trying to run a business?
The article I wrote below is accurate and now we see the SEO industry and Google receiving another black-eye, the only winner is the "evil spammers".
I wish senior Google executives would consider this and make some policy changes to improve the terrible situation we are currently dealing with.
Below was written on 5-3-14
Google has caused a huge problem by creating a new industry called Negative SEO.
Most web site owners do not even know what a good backlink is, or what a bad backlink is, they have no idea whatsoever. This is made even worse by the fact that Google is not very good at deciding what a natural link is and what is an unnatural link. Google will penalize a website and not even tell web site owners which backlinks they do not like, Google asks the web site owner to guess. Hello Google ... your policy is ridiculous and is just making the situation worse.
Frankly, we see Google make many mistakes penalizing innocent web sites and letting terrible spam web sites go free and clear. Today Matt Cutts put out a video about how obvious most paid links are, so why can't Google do a better job then? I could email Google all day long with obvious paid links and Google misses many thousands of them, yet they need to go and penalize innocent sites. Perhaps if Matt Cutts could clone himself Google would do better, or how about firing any Google employee that penalizes an innocent website? This seems fair to me, Google's incompetent employee ruins an innocent website owner's business life and Google terminates that defective employee. You know and eye for an eye.
Now many website owners are afraid to give out any links as they think Google will make a mistake and unfairly penalize them, or they are emailing other web site owners that gave them a merit based natural backlink that Google likes asking to have it removed.
This is very frustrating to the few people like me that really understand what is happening. Most people are clueless and so confused by Google they do not know what to do.
I do not understand why website owners are not so angry at Google that they are not trying to start some protest activities against Google.
I have talked and emailed with many website owners who are victims of SEO Sabotage. Please understand that this can happen to anyone, all that has to occur is a competitor of yours hires a company like this:
I have also seen cases where an ex SEO company did this to a website owner in order to punish the website owner for firing the SEO company, and I have seen cases where both a competitor and an ex SEO company committed SEO sabotage against a website. And silly Google still tries to claim this is not even possible ... bullshit
Furthermore Google is not doing anything to stop the evil spammers they should be going after, please click and read these links:
Please read this interesting screen shot below:
This is an outstanding article written by a top SEO expert:
What to do if Google Penalizes your Website?
1. Did you receive a message like below from Google?
2. If yes you did receive a message like above from Google, first you should try to ascertain if one or more of your competitors sabotaged your website.
If you suspect this I suggest you contact us to help you remove the penalty as it is unlikely you will be able to do this without experienced professional help.
We have successfully had Google remove penalties for several cases involving SEO sabotage so far, of course Google will not admit this is even possible (SEO Sabotage), however if you show the right evidence and write to the correct contacts at Google they will eventually remove the penalty without admitting any Google mistake.
Most webmasters and site owners do not realize how many mistakes Google makes and unfortunately it is Google's policy to never admit their mistakes and defects.
In an effort to try to show some fairness to Google, I have seen many more cases where ignorant website owners have hired the wrong SEO company to do link building for them, and this is what caused the Google penalty.
3. The road to recovery?
It may be easier to just start a new website, however if you want to try to have Google remove your penalty please understand that the "Google Search Quality Team" can be incompetent and make mistakes penalizing innocent sites or penalize websites that have been a victim of SEO sabotage. It seems to me that the Google Search Quality Team is poorly and inconsistently trained and if they make a mistake there is no formal appeal process, you are just screwed over with no real options. So this is why you see so many innocent websites being penalized and many thousands of evil spam sites go unpunished by Google.
You will receive a wide range of answers from the Google Search Quality Team and it will take many months in some cases years to have a penalty removed even if it is a Google mistake. The worst case I have seen is Google taking 2.5 years to take a penalty off an innocent website.
Yes I will show you the site:
This site never did anything wrong and the site owner refused to play games and kiss Google's ass when this was a Google mistake. So after 2.5 years and zero changes to the site Google finally just took the penalty off themselves. Nice work Google, 2.5 years to fix your mistake that you would never even admit. If the site deserved a penalty in the first place why did Google finally take the penalty off?
A few years ago I started this blog on Blogger which Google owns, and there is a specific reason I did that. Because I was afraid Google would not like hearing the truth from me and would censor, ban and unfairly penalize me in multiple ways. Sure enough one of the "Google Search Quality Team" penalized my freedom of speech and took my article completely out of Google, GONE, then I complained to Matt Cutt's and he made them put it back into Google. I have several witnesses, of course nothing was ever said and it was just fixed with no apology or anything. It is a Google policy not to penalize for not liking articles that criticize Google; however you can not trust that all Google employees will do the right thing. Furthermore as you can see I still will only write articles that criticize Google on this site, which Google owns.
4. Playing the silly Google Disavow game. Yes you will need to do this, and it is totally ridiculous as as 90% of website owners do not even know a good link from a bad link. So most people disavow many good links that Google likes and that are helping them in the search results.
5. Then you need to play the Google Reconsideration Request game, and most of the time no matter what you do Google will write you via Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) and say:
"We've reviewed your site and we believe that some or all of your pages still violate our quality guidelines." Google just does this to make the whole process more difficult for you and if you are a victim of SEO sabotage this just adds insult to injury.
After 1-5 rounds of this silly stupid game Google will remove the penalty.
Below is what a positive penalty removal looks like from Google. Meaning after you complete the massive amount of work that Google is requiring and submit one or more Reconsideration Requests.
Below is a message sent out by Google. This means Google is taking the penalty off of your web site. Even this message below is defective, the first time I saw it I did not even know what they meant.
Google are you being obtuse?
annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand.
"he wondered if Google was being deliberately obtuse"
|I am supportive of the notion that Google should be very tough on really evil spammers, the problem is Google makes too many mistakes and then they end up tormenting innocent people, and as you can see by reading above Google is not doing a very good job of catching the really bad guys they should be focused on.|