Denied – A Follow Up Post on a Google Panda Update Penalty

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Denied by the Google Panda- The email from Google came the other day as I’ve been sick. The reconsideration request had been denied by Google. My PageRank remains still at 0. The traffic and search has not been affected by this Google Panda (yet.) It did state one or more pages from may be subject to one or more of the following actions: So it doesn’t mean all these following actions would happen. It states one or more of the following MAY Happen.

  • Removal from the search results
  • Ranking change
  • Changes to search result appearance
  • Be considered to be less trustworthy than sites that follow the quality guidelines

It appears so far the one factor is the PageRank – ranking change. The post I originally did about this ranking when it first happened actually drove an increase in traffic to the site. So do we get overly excited about PageRank?

What is PageRank?

According to the Google Guide PageRank is “Google’s system for ranking web pages. A page with a higher PageRank is deemed more important and is more likely to be listed above a page with a lower PageRank.” It’s only Google’s ranking, not Bing or any other search engine for that matter. So why do we care so much? If we are trying to get advertisers to pay for ads on our site we may care. They sometimes look at PageRank as a guide. Others look at Alexa, comments and amount of social shares. The other reason may be our ego, right? Who wants 0 when other websites around us have a 2, 3 or higher PageRank?

What Else To Do To Make The Google Panda Happy?

According to my webmaster tools the issue seems to be a little different now. This time it says the site violates “quality guidelines“.  I went to investigate what that means and some of the terms I don’t even know what they mean so how can I be practicing them?

  • Doorway Pages? What is a doorway page? (After going through incoming links I learned quickly what they are).
  • Sending automated queries to Google? I didn’t know this could be done or how one does it. Do you?
  • Cloaking – Another term I do not understand though have heard many times throughout the years. It really means making something look like what it is not. Links pretending to be something else.
  • Removing user generated spam – I didn’t know users could generate spam unless their comments are spammy. Are commentings killing blogs lately?

haystackYou can read the whole list here from Google.  From my first time reading it – I would think it could go back to spammy comments. I dug back through some of the 11,000 comments left here on 390 posts. It was  like looking for a needle in a haystack!

That is until Mayura contacted me with some wonderful suggestions. I went through over 900 links via the Google Webmaster tools that were linking to me. It was amazing what I found. Many spammy sites and some with names that lead to other sites. Sounds like doorway pages to me! Any sites that use numbers in their URL – be aware. I also found many sites ending in with .ca to be of a spammy nature. Some of the linking sites were no longer available on the web. It may be time for the Disavow tool from Google.

It’s amazing how a website or blog can be penalized for sites that link to them, not sites we link to.”



More Things To Check

There are still more things for me to check along the way, are all my links nofollow? Any affiliate links from years ago still here? SO if you don’t see me visiting your blog for a while, you will know why. I’m deep in the haystack looking for the needles to keep the Google Panda happy.

Making Your Links NoFollow For The Google Panda

The  question came up in my last post on how to make your links nofollow: Here is how to code it with HTML:

< a href=”” rel=”nofollow”>My No Follow Link</a>

Of course you may use a plugin too so that all your links may have this attribute and if you want to change to follow – just eliminate the word “no” in front of follow.

 Have you gone through the links that link to your blog or website lately?  

Have you been hit lately by the Google Panda? 


“Denied” Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / and Haystack Image courtesy of xedos4 /

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43 comments On Denied – A Follow Up Post on a Google Panda Update Penalty

  • Satish Kumar Ithamsetty

    Hai Lisa, Google panda is penalizing most of the blogs. My two blogs was penalized. just i am working to recover that. Your tips and information is very useful. Thank you so much.
    Satish Kumar Ithamsetty recently posted..Google Panda Guide: How to Recover from Panda UpdateMy Profile

  • Hi Lisa,
    I had a problem on my diabetes com site. Was getting hit with backlinks from ru sites and also some Chinese.

    I could never contact them to get removed. Finally did two things.
    Host gator gave me a list of “bad” bots almost 3 pages long, added it to my .htacess file along with any urls (all numbers) to deny the access to my site.

    Also went through every post and changed “adult on set diabetes” to something without the adult.
    Like Adrienne I had already checked broken links, etc.
    Not sure what made the difference, if was the htacess file or changing the words in the articles.

    I had not been banned, but I have a software from Chris Munch that is very lowkey and will notify if bad people come to visit or if you are being “black listed”
    three of my sites kept showing as blacklisted, but the software said if checked and not really black listed check with your host.
    It turned out there was another site (shared hosting) on the server that was a blacklisted spammer and was sharing its nasty listing with other sites hosted on the server.
    Host Gator took care of that part and I stopped getting blacklisted notices..

    My issue was actually with Host Gator for using to much cpu because of the hits by the bots, but might have eventually had a Google problem because of the back links.
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  • Hey Lisa,
    Google really making very difficult to blogging these days. With continuously changing algorithm or by penalizing blog, its really making very difficult. I Think GOD also have no idea that what Google is trying to do?
    Removing all spamming comments or links or working on outbound links is really very tiring one but stick to your hardwork and one day you will definitely gonna back your page rank.
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  • It’s a shame this is happening to you Lisa but I’m glad that Mayura is able to give you some help with it all.

    He helped Jens with the same problem a few weeks ago, what a guy!

    What I really don’t like about Google is that when they apply a manual action, they don’t really tell you what it’s for and how to correct it.

    I hope this works out for you Lisa. It’s definitely food for thought.
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  • Seems like you are on the hit list 🙁 but don’t worry you gonna soon overcome from these penalty. BTW I never cared about the google ranking and I’m just proceeding with my blog without any stats.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    Once again, I am so sorry this happened to you because you are an ethical blogger and person. But like Harleena mentioned above, I think it will work itself out in the end.

    I just gave up on pleasing Google. I’m more careful now about back links, have cleaned up all those broken links and 404’s since Adrienne wrote about it a few weeks ago. But other than that, I am just careful of each back-link that comes in right now.

    Honestly, I haven’t even checked out my page rank. I just don’t want some schizophrenic bots to make me get upset!

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  • Hi Lisa,
    Your post should serve as a red flag to bloggers to better familiarize themselves with Google’s quality guidelines.
    One would surmise the reason for the rejection is because of yet outstanding issues, as opposed to simply enduring a waiting period. I hope you’re able to recover from this.

    Best Regards,
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Well, as Enstine told me not long ago over a facebook chat we had, Google can be quite stupid at times and they’re not always right. I don’t understand why they would do that to you, but as we know they are bigger than we are, so we can only watch and wait.

    I’m like Harleena, I believe that everything will be for the best in the end. Keeps the hopes up!
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  • Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    Hi Lisa, Well that really is horrible and unfair. If Google took some time to, you know, actually read your blog, they would see that you are a quality, legitimate blogger.

    This really should be a warning sign for all bloggers. I was listening to a tech podcast this week that said one of the advantages of podcasting is that you’re not dependent upon Google for an audience.

    I was hit by Google a year ago and my traffic went way down but I’ve built it back up with Pinterest and StumbleUpon.

    I hope you find out what went wrong and are able to fix it, Lisa.

    • Hi Carolyn, hard to believe they pick on small time bloggers too, isn’t it? Pinterest is great for traffic but I found StumbleUpon to have a high bounce rate for me. I haven’t tried the podcasting yet. Something to add to my bucket list for blogging. Thanks for the suggestion and have a great weekend Carolyn.
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      • Hi Lisa,

        Sorry to hear about all this pain you have to go through. But then you are not a small time blogger anymore with a PR of 3 and thousands of visitors a day 🙂 You are in their radar with your achievements for sure!

        In a way, I think this is a good thing because this makes your website much cleaner and in compliance with Google’s guidelines once for all and it will benefit you big time in the long run though it is a pain at this very moment.

        I wish you all the best and I am looking forward to see how you handle this crisis!

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        • Hi Kumar, thanks – I found it ironic last week that my visits increased 2x with my new post on summer proofing your blog. So the traffic hasn’t stopped it’s the PR ranking only. I’m trying to make it as squeeky clean as possible Kumar. I just don’t agree with making all links nofollow now. It kinda goes against the grain of the internet and how it should work. I will be doing another follow up once I hear back from Google again. Time will tell. Thanks for coming by Kumar and have a great day there today.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Don’t know why these types of penalties are done by Google? Though there is not a mistake still problem occurs.
    Sorry to hear about it as you are still facing the problem. But hopefully your Google PageRank will improve soon like before.
    Don’t get demoralized, stick to your hard work. I wish you will receive your previous rank soon.

    Keep working Lisa. It’s time to show your work.

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  • Hello Lisa,

    Already read your post about the penalty of your blog or the pagerank. I guess one of the blog also got effected by panda or any also as traffic has been dramatically decreased and I’ve been working on outbound links and removing them.

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  • Lisa, are you sure you were hit by Panda? Usually bloggers are penalized for outbound links which is a different thing entirely from Panda penalties.
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  • Hello Lisa,

    In time, Lisa, you’ll rise again to your true – and correct worth…that, I am sure. However, I’ll suggest resubmitting another request after about four weeks. Sometimes, the particular person handling your request may be quite a sadist!

    Sadly, I haven’t bothered to check the links that link to me. However, I have safely made all external links Nofollow to be on the safe side! However, thanks for the kind reminder.

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  • Hey Lisa.

    I’m sorry about the trouble you’re having. I can’t imagine having to go through all those links but we gotta do what we gotta do right. I’m with Bren…something like this can certainly take the fun out of blogging.

    I’ve since installed a plugin to make all my links nofollow and I kept your HTML source, thanks for that!

    I’m so glad Mayura came to your rescue! I think he’s just awesome for always being there when he’s needed.

    I hope everything works out for you girlfriend.
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  • Oh Lisa, what a pain in the booty the Google Panda is. 🙁 That really stinks that we have to jump through hoops not only to please our readers but to please Google. Pfft… kinda takes the fun out of blogging no?
    Bren recently posted..5 Surprising Benefits of Keeping a JournalMy Profile

    • Thanks Bren, it sure does! Going through over 900 links, 11,000 comments and almost 400 posts, no wonder I feel like I need a nap. That’s been done over several weeks, just the links more recently. I keep on digging and moving along. What else can we do right? I’m not about to throw in any towel. It’s only PageRank – it’s not the traffic or anything else either. So it could be worse 🙂
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  • Hi Lisa
    Thanks for this follow-up post. I hope you found a solution to make Google happy about your blog again. Maybe I should take a look on my own blog too, just to avoid Google to get any bad ideas with my blog in the future.
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  • Hey Lisa,

    Oh girl, I’m so sorry but I heard that it’s hell trying to get Google to reconsider your site. Of course I haven’t had to go through this myself and as you know I went back over a year ago and cleaned up all broken links, removed all spammy comments and their links. From that moment forward I’m very careful who I give a dofollow link to but you’re right. It’s not fair that we’re penalized for sites linking to us. I have run a few programs to check the links and up to this point I’m not showing any that I should be concerned with. BUT, Google keeps playing with the page rank for my site and I was bumped back down to a PR2 with this last update. Who the hell knows why and I just quit trying to figure it all out. Google gives me a headache girl.

    I wish you the very best moving forward and my heart goes out to you.

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    • Hi Adrienne, yes, it can be. Amazing what we must do when OTHERS are linking to US. Isn’t it? I share that headache Adrienne. But it is ONLY the PageRank and not the amount of traffic or search so it is NOT all bad. At the very least it gives me more to write about and help others avoid. Thanks for coming by and for best wishes Adrienne, have a great rest of your week there.
      Lisa recently posted..Denied – A Follow Up Post on a Google Panda Update PenaltyMy Profile

  • Lisa, yes I have. You will create a disavow.text file using there format. Make sure to use the # comments to notate everything you did to try and remove the links in question. Show date and times and any response s you might have received for every link. Its tedious but you will have a better chance that it will work.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Sorry to hear about the denial but I am still positive that things will be alright once they realize that it’s not your fault. Yes, like you, I’ve been busy cleaning up my spam links pointing towards my blog and was surprised to see so many of them that link up. I didn’t know about the .ca point, so better to keep a watch out there.

    Just hold on there and don’t let all of this demotivate you – such things happen and if you are making all the efforts and trying various things, I am sure it will work out.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week and get well too 🙂
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  • Lisa,

    Sorry you were hit. Be careful on the disavow tool. Make sure when you upload it you have meticulous notes outlining the steps you took to try and remove the links.Otherwise? They might just ignore it!

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