• Finding your site on Google
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    Finding your site on Google

    >>Jen Lee: Hello, I’m Jennifer and I work on Google search quality team. A really common question we hear from new site owners is, “How do I get my site to show up in Google search results?” Well, the good news is, Google has likely already found your new content. You can easily determine if Google is displaying your site in our search results by doing what we call a site search. To do this, from a Google search bar, type the word site colon and your domain name without any spaces. If something comes up then congrats! You’re in Google search results. If there are fewer pages displaying than…

  • Tips on requesting reconsideration
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    Tips on requesting reconsideration

    [Brian] Hi, I am Brian White and this is my colleague Rachel and we are in the Search Quality team in Google in the Webspam group. We are here today with some tips on the reconsideration process. [Rachel] All right, let’s start with the case where you know your site has violated the Google guidelines. It is important to admit any mistakes you’ve made and let us know what you’ve done to try to fix them. Sometimes we get requests from people who say: “My site adheres to the guidelines now,” and that is not really enough information for us. So, please be as detailed as possible. Realize that there…

  • Requesting reconsideration using Google Webmaster Tools
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    Requesting reconsideration using Google Webmaster Tools

    Hi, I’m Mariya from the Google Search Quality team and I’d like to talk to you about reconsideration requests. In this video, we will go over when and how to submit a reconsideration request for your site. Let’s take our webmaster Bergy here as an example. Bergy is a dedicated webmaster who spends a lot of time working on his ancient Roman politics blog. Let’s call it “example.com.” One day, he notices that his site is no longer appearing in the Google search results. Let’s watch as Bergy tries to find out whether he needs to submit a reconsideration request. First, he needs to check whether his site’s disappearance from…

  • Are reconsideration requests read by real people?
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    Are reconsideration requests read by real people?

    Today’s question comes from Prague, Ihar asks, right now when a webmaster sends a reconsideration request, how many chances does it have to really be read by a real human? Do you plan to make it possible for webmasters to answer when they get a result back from Google? Great questions. So whenever you do a reconsideration request, if you don’t have any manual action by the web spam team, so there’s no way that we could do anything in essence because it’s algorithmically determining where your ranking, those are automatically closed out. So those aren’t looked at by a human being. But 100% of all the other reconsideration request…

  • How can a site recover from a period of spamming links?
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    How can a site recover from a period of spamming links?

    Today we have a question from Manchester in the United Kingdom. Adeel asks– How did Interflora turn their ban in 11 days? Can you explain what kind of penalty they had, how did they fix it, as some of us have spent months trying to clean things up after a Google Webmaster Tools notification? So this is an interesting question. And rather than talking about a specific company, because we typically don’t call out specific companies very often, we prefer to talk about things in more general terms. Let me answer in a more general way. So Google tends to look at buying and selling links that pass page rank…

  • Webspam Content Violations
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    Webspam Content Violations

    MICHAEL WYSZOMIERSKI: Hello, I’m Michael, and I work on Google’s Search Quality Team. In this video, I’m going to discuss some key points of our Webmaster Guidelines, including syndicated content, then affiliates and doorway sites. Syndicated content is content that is copied from another website. Some sites copy content that stays on topic, but they don’t add any of their own value. Other sites copy completely random and irrelevant content to increase their search traffic. Scraped content alone, even high-quality content, does not provide any added value to your users. Similarly, if your site participates in affiliate programs, make sure your site adds value and gives the user a reason…