Recover from Google Penguin ?
Malaysia-Kini.com was recently penalised by google via its Google Penguin algorithm update. Google Penguin is a major algorithm update that was launched in late April 2012 which has punished thousand of websites worldwide which resulted to their ranking dropped drastically.
Since April our daily hit dropped from 2500-3000 visitors daily to 400-500 visitors and the figure was still the same until today. During this terrible period, most of our hit are from Bing and Yahoo and also from Google Image and to get single hit from Google Search is almost impossible as most of our keyword fall at page 5-6 of google search result.
We have written twice to Google Team for web re-consideration and the first request was made on 25/7 and it was rejected as per Google email below :
Reconsideration request for http://www.malaysia-kini.com/blog/: Site violates Google’s quality guidelines
August 15, 2012
Dear site owner or webmaster of http://www.malaysia-kini.com/blog/,
We received a request from a site owner to reconsider http://www.malaysia-kini.com/blog/ for compliance with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.
We’ve reviewed your site and we believe that some or all of your pages still violate our quality guidelines.
In order to preserve the quality of our search engine, pages from http://www.malaysia-kini.com/blog/ may not appear or may not rank as highly in Google’s search results, or may otherwise be considered to be less trustworthy than sites which follow the quality guidelines.
If you wish to be reconsidered again, please correct or remove all pages that are outside our quality guidelines. When such changes have been made, please visit https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/reconsideration?hl=en and resubmit your site for reconsideration.
If you have additional questions about how to resolve this issue, please see our Webmaster Help Forum for support.
The email from Google is clearly written and from feedback from other webmaster websites, we understand that we have to be more serious and to revamp the whole websites in term of design, layout and to remove low quality content and to submit again for reconsideration. We have in fact move from /blog to malaysia-kini.com root domain.
The second re-consideration request was sent on 18/8/2012 and on 5/9/2012 we received really good news from Google with a title Reconsideration request for http://www.malaysia-kini.com/: Manual spam action revoked. You can read Google response to our request below :
Dear site owner or webmaster of http://www.malaysia-kini.com/,
We received a request from a site owner to reconsider http://www.malaysia-kini.com/ for compliance with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.
Previously the webspam team had taken manual action on your site because we believed it violated our quality guidelines. After reviewing your reconsideration request, we have revoked this manual action. It may take some time before our indexing and ranking systems are updated to reflect the new status of your site.
Of course, there may be other issues with your site that could affect its ranking without a manual action by the webspam team. Google’s computers determine the order of our search results using a series of formulas known as algorithms. We make hundreds of changes to our search algorithms each year, and we employ more than 200 different signals when ranking pages. As our algorithms change and as the web (including your site) changes, some fluctuation in ranking can happen as we make updates to present the best results to our users. If your site continues to have trouble in our search results, please see this article for help with diagnosing the issue.
Thank you for helping us to maintain the quality of our search results.
So what next, our advise is to continue blogging and to monitor our traffic update from time to time. We hope the organic traffic will back to normal with an average of 2000-3000 visitors daily.
Till then, do you think that we have Recovered from Google Penguin ?