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Getting Some Sections Of A Site Out Of Penguin

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#1 BeGlobal


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 10:53 AM



One client's site was hit by penguin back in 2012. The thing is, only some sections (stored in sub-folders) were affected. We already submitted the spammy links pointing to his website (most of which were pointing to the homepage) to the Google's disavow tool, many months ago, but the most affected sections haven't recovered their rankings.


We have modified the site's content, and other changes to make sure its not an on-page issue.


Shall we use link checking tools other than GWT to see if we find more links that could be causing the penalty to stay and submit them as well?


Would it work if we change the sections to new folders, and de-index the current ones? the competition is really low, so starting from zero could be a good option in this case, if so, is there a way I can keep the rankings on Yahoo and Bing?




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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:30 AM

Assuming you're right that it's a Penguin issue, then simply using the Disavow tool won't necessarily fix the problem. With those disavowed links disregarded, what links remain?  You may need to obtain more (and better quality) links to restore rankings.

#3 Jill


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:56 AM

Did you receive an unnatural links warning and file a reconsideration request? If so, was it accepted? 


If you didn't get the warning, then there's no need to disavow links and doing so will likely not help, IMO.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:12 PM

Yes, he got the warning. He has got some quality links since then, but for some sections the rankings do not come back, for example, there is a section called /photo-to-canvas/ and when you Google "photo to canvas" you find his page ranking 100+ and with the sitemap.xml !  :cry2:

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