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Manual Action Revoked or Not?

We helped out customer with a manual action they had for over 9 months and did not even know about it because their previous SEO company never told them that it have been there in the first case.

Then we took over to fix the problem and we removed thousands and thousands of links physically and filed a re-consideration request which seemed like it solved the problem.

On July 8th 2015 they got in the GWT a message indicating that the "Manual Action" have been revoked. See screenshot here:

Since then and until today the "Manual Action" have no been removed in the GWT. See screenshot:

Also since then we did not see any changes in the performance of the web site in the search results, i.e rankings. We would have expected to see an improvement or a drop because of all the links being removed. Or?

I heard that others had the experience too, but still wondering if the message that the manual action has been revoked, if it has been processed or not.

Then we advised our customer  to contact Google Quality Team (and which they did on July 11, 2015) using the review button in the GWT adding this message:


Dear Google Search Quality Team,

We would like to bring to your attention that we had a partial manual action which have been completely revoked on Jul 8, 2015, yet we are still seeing the manual action in the Google Webmaster Tools. See screenshot: (screenhot)
Do we still need to remove more links? If so, as we previously mentioned in our most recent reconsideration request on June 17, 2015, we are still working on cleaning up any links on the web, not just uploading links that can only harm our performance within the search results using the disavow tool, but we make a lot of efforts to remove those physically, to avoid any harm in our performance within the search results but also to protect the overall reputation of our company.

Is this case probably a mistake?

For your convenience, we would like to share with you some screenshots related to this issue:

Email from the Google Search Quality Team: (screenshot)

Message from the Google Search Quality Team in the Google Webmaster Tools: (screenshot)

We would appreciate if you can look into this issue at your earliest convenience and let us know if there is something we can do to
get this problem solved.

Thank you so much in advance for taking the time viewing our request and looking forward to hear from you.

Kind regards,


What do you think? Is the action still in the system or not?
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+John Scott a new reconsideration request has been filed and again rejected.

And +Gary Illyes never replied yet.

And we even removed and disavowed links that we did not really want to because they were simply good in our opinion, but that seems like burned us now.

Right now we are updating the disavow file, removing many domains, because seems like that screwed the thresholds.

Once we are done with this, we will simply push the button without any message.

The reason for that is that for 1000% no one red the re-consideration request, and I can provide facts which you will certainly lose your mind with. Simply insane.

The only case I may be wrong could be that the one who red our request  was just a wannabe quality rater and he works against Google. Need evidence?

All for now folks.
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Well - it's hard to explain so i will do it shorter.

I think that you're know term "duplicate content"? Right!

In blogs and/or small sites duplicate content is easy to find and fixed. Often pages there are like 100-200 and things easy can get in control.

But in eCommerce sites with 100k products and least 100 categories things going weird. Example "Tell-a-friend" feature - you have this on each product. Result - if you have 100k products you will get other 100k pages "tell-a-friend" with low quality. Similar can be "sign-up" form or "login". Or even page where you compare features of 2-3 (or even 5) products.

That't why +John Britsios just find those low quality pages and remove them from indexing. Good against Panda!

But there is also another reason and it's called "PR sculpting". Imagine that i give you $10 for something. And in your budget you have 10 items to spend them so each item on this list will receive $1. But if your list is 2 items - then each will get $5. Or if your list is 100 items - each will get $0.1.

And this is how PR (not public relations! PageRank algo) was calculated other sites gives you weight (trust) and PR internally calculated how this trust should be spent on this page and on other pages that this page linking with "outgoing links". Less outgoing links you have - you will keep trust IN this page and other pages will receive more. More links you have then your trust will be kept. Example - "Tell-a-friend" feature or "login". Since each page link to them they will receive "weight" but this is meaningless since that page didn't deserve this "weight".
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FYI Googlebot just got a new iPhone, and is using it to check out your website. 

I updated the blog post to include the new user-agent, we'll have the other docs updated soon too.
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Thanks +John Britsios (a.k.a. always too kind :))
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Thanks for the shout out, +John Britsios - have a top day!
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Shaping the Future of the Semantic Search
My name is John S. Britsios (aka Webnauts), and I am the Founder and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of SEO Workers and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Webnauts Net, a qualified UX & Semantic Search Consultant, specializing in Semantic, Forensic & Technical Predictive Search Engine Optimization, Content Marketing, Web Content Accessibility, Usability Testing, Social Semantic Web based Responsive Web Design & Ecommerce Development, UX & Funnel Conversion Optimization.

In 2001, I graduated from the German Academy Brueschke in Bielefeld as a Specialist for Multimedia Office Communication.

The same year, I graduated from the Academy of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bielefeld as a Web Project Manager (IHK).

Additionally, in 2003 I passed an exam at in Web Design Concepts. Also, in 2003 I passed my test at as a Master Web Designer for Accessibility.

In the same year, I completed an online course of study at Carleton University, Sprott School of Business in Usability Testing.

In the year 2004, I completed an online course of study at the Florida State University and was approved for the Florida State University Webmaster Certification.

I was employed at Lycos Europe Inc. in various positions for two years:
  • 04.2001 - 07.2001 Intranet Webmaster;
  • 07.2001 - 03.2002 Ad Format Specialist;
  • 07.2001 - 03.2002 Trainer for Web Design for Accessibility;
  • 03.2002 - 04.2003 Lead of Usability Testing, supervising the usability tests for the European Web Development.
Since 2005 my company Webnauts Net is a qualified and a listed vendor at the U.S Government Section 508.

I also hold membership with the following professional organizations:


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