Google Penalty Recovery – FAQ
Over the years we’ve helped over 180 businesses internationally remove Google penalties, and we’re always asked the same questions. We thought that we would share a few of the most common ones with you in a handy FAQ:
Is it possible to recover from a manual action?
It certainly is! There are many types of manual actions, but the most common one in recent years is for links. If you’ve got a link based manual action then we follow the same proven process with every client to lift the penalty.
How long does it take to remove a Google penalty?
This very much depends on the size of the project. If it’s a link penalty then the greater number of links there are, the longer it takes.
How much does it cost?
The cost for removing a Google penalty is all dependent on the severity of the problem, and the amount of time it takes to resolve. We’ve removed penalties in as little as 3 weeks before (including the time for a reconsideration request to be reviewed by Google) but it can also take several months if it’s a bigger job.
Will my rankings return to what they were before the penalty?
This is probably the most important question of them all. The truth is that there was a reason why you received a Google penalty in the first place! If you built your business model on mainly link spam then probably not. However, if you deserve to rank after the spam is removed then you’ll be pleased to hear that the majority of clients we’ve worked with actually do better after the penalty is lifted. The reason for this is that as well as the manual action, they also had ‘invisible’ Google Penguin issues which were holding the site down algorithmically. Once the disavow file is uploaded for the manual action it will also remove the ‘bad’ links from the link graph, thus lifting the algorythmic ‘penalty’. If you would like more information about this process, please get in touch.
Can you guarantee to remove a Google penalty?
As with most things to do with search engine optimisation, it is unfortunately impossible to guarantee results. The reason for this is that ultimately we’re working with secret algorithms, and processes owned exclusively by the search engines themselves. However, from our years of experience as Google penalty SEO consultants we’ve never come across a Google penalty we couldn’t remove.
Types of issues which we can help with
Some of these aren’t actual penalties as such, but rather algorithm issues. Here’s a list of the type of work which we can undertake for you:
- General Google Penalty Recovery Service
- Google Penguin Identification & Recovery
- Google Panda Identification & Recovery
- Manual Google Penalty Recovery
- (Although a lot less common, we also fix these) Bing Penalties
What to do after a Google Penalty
So you’ve removed a manual action – maybe even a Panda, or Penguin algorithmic ‘penalty’. That’s great, but you’re now thinking, ‘what do I do next?’ That’s a good question!
You obviously don’t want to go back to the ‘old ways’ as you now dread even the term ‘Google penalty’, but at the same time you still need to be visible in organic search. We often work with brands who’ve had Google penalties in the past as a result of flawed SEO tactics to manipulate rankings in the short term, rather than building a sustainable SEO strategy. If you’d like some more information about what this involves please do get in touch, and we’ll show you that there is another way that doesn’t involve breaking the rules, whilst still getting results.