In the start of 2008, Google penalized and dropped my site from the SERP. My site was found nowhere in Google search engine. I was not sure about the penality because it is almost impossible to determine whether or not your site does have a penalty. So, I decided to do some research work before taking some serious steps towards the reconsideration or reinclusion request. After spending some time on research I found the following possibilities which causes the penalty.
- Lot of outgoing links without rel=nofollw
- XHTML code was not upto standards
- Some missing urls (404 not found)
- Linking to bad neighborhoods in blogroll
I posted my problem to Google’s official webmaster group and got some very good advices. searchenginepenalties also helped me a lot to find the possible reasons about penalties.
I fixed all the mentioned problems and sent reconsideration request to google on 5th Jan, 2008 and acknowledged that my site is no longer violating Google’s quality guidelines & agreed that I will abide by all the quality guidelines.
I am very glad that they accepted my apologies and reconsider my site to SERP. You can see the effect in the stats graph.
Many Thanks to Google Team.