June 14, 2012
When a website’s rankings drop, a webmaster will scramble to understand why their site dropped in rankings and where the spam issues occurred so that they can quickly fix the issue. In many cases a webmaster will not even realize something is wrong with his/her site until the site was hit by one of the algorithm changes. Fortunately, Google will give webmasters the chance to fix his/her site and then submit what is called a reconsideration request.
A reconsideration request is something that a webmaster can fill out to inform Google that the issues on the website have been fixed. You can find the request form in Google Webmaster Tools and then fill out the questions asked and write your statement. The request should only take a few minutes to fill out, and Google will notify you when they have received the request.
When to Fill Out a Reconsideration Request
According to the search quality team at Google, not everyone should fill out a reconsideration request. Below are three instances where a reconsideration request is appropriate:
Many sites are too quick to fill out a reconsideration request form. It is important that you really work to fix your site before filling out a form. In other words, make it count!
Tips from Google: How to File a Proper Reconsideration Request
Making sure that your reconsideration request really counts comes down to following a few simple rules and tips that Google asks webmasters keep in mind:
Following these simple tips will help ensure that your request is taken seriously and you will get the answer that you deserve. Yes, you read that correctly—Google will send you an answer about the status of your site after the request has been received.
What Happens After You Submit a Reconsideration Request
Once you send in your proper request, Google will do a variety of things with that request:
Google has also made some changes as to what happens when they are finished evaluating your site and reading your request. In the past, Google wouldn’t do anything or have any contact with a webmaster, and then they decided to send you a message letting you know that they received your request but never actually let you know what happened to the site. Now Google explains that they are working to actually send you a message letting you know if they were able to fix your site or why you are still in violation.
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