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6/9/09
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hollo

The first time I have received a reply to a reconsideration request

I have some experience submitting reconsideration requests using the Webmaster Tools form and I know that it should not be expected to receive any response from Google. Doing an Internet search it could be found that the general opinion is that Google never replies to reconsideration requests.
 
But last week I submitted a reconsideration request for one of my websites, received the usual message of confirmation and then a couple of days later we received a new message that I have never seen before. Here it is:
 
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Subject: We've processed your reconsideration request for [mywebsite.com]
 
We received a request from a site owner to reconsider how we index the following site: [mywebsite.com].
 
We've now reviewed your site. When we review a site, we check to see if it's in violation of our Webmaster Guidelines. If we don't find any problems, we'll reconsider our indexing of your site. If your site still doesn't appear in our search results, check our Help Center for steps you can take.
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What does this mean? I have tried to find more information about this message but nobody seems to have received something similar. I haven't received anything similar before neither. The message is ambiguous and I am somewhat worried about its meaning and supposed uniqueness.
 
Could anyone from Google give their opinion about this?
 
Thanks a lot for your help and kind regards.
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SagarK
6/9/09
SagarK
This is something we just started doing recently. One of the most requested features from our users was a confirmation message after a reconsideration request was processed. If your site starts showing up in the index after you get the confirmation message, your request was approved. However, if you are still having issues there is a good chance you are still in violation of our guidelines. 

Thanks
--Sagar
6/9/09
Original Poster
hollo
Thanks a lot for your help.
MartinJ
6/9/09
MartinJ
@SagarK that is precisely the problem, many people want to know why their sites have been penalised, in effect the follow-up mail is nothing more than meaningless, it doesnt give out the information that people need. ie... Has the site been re-indexed, what was the problem, if its not been re-indexed then how to solve the problem.

 This is nothing more than a note to say "we looked at your site and what you will need to do now is carrying on googling, we are not going to tell you whether your reconsideration request was approved or not "

Google is a multi-billion dollar company, but this misses the mark by miles, its nothing more than a empty handed gesture.
Kitty
6/9/09
Kitty
MartinJ, I beg to differ. While Google has given a lot and lot and lot of stuff,

Samples,


Why should one violate the guidelines and ask for an explanation from Google?
MartinJ
6/9/09
MartinJ
I agree google does do a lot of things but on things like reconsiderations its track record and people skills can only improve,

>>>>>>Why should one violate the guidelines and ask for an explanation from Google?<<<<<<<<

Should one pay for a service and have his site violated for him, not everyone wants or has the confidence to do their own SEO etc, people need to know why so that they can then approach someone else with the correct details of what the errors are, so in effect they dont get fleeced again.
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luzie
10/13/09
luzie
>>> But the ENTIRE threads?
>>> What could possibly justify such an action?


Redundancy.

You've posted the same thing several times in different threads without that being necessary in any way. Removal of threads was nothing but a due clean-up, nobody needs to read the same questions over and over again.

-luzie-
 
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