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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On July 8th 2015 they got in the GWT a message indicating that the "Manual Action" have been revoked.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I heard that others had the experience too, but still wondering if the message that the manual action has been revoked, if it has been processed or not.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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Barry I am 100% certain there was only one partial manual action and we had a huge success with removing links physically. Besides, after the message that the manual action have been revoked no new message appeared, but the old one was still in place. And FYI, the manual was there for more than 9 months and was updating every 23rd of each third month and today is the 24th and no new one arrived and is still there (not updated).

Certainly we are still trying to remove links physically for the reasons mentioned here.

The only wish is to know what is the current status. It is very frustrating.

Hope +John Mueller and/or +Gary Illyes can help us out.
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A Conceptual Basis for Content Writing by +Teodora Petkova 

Finding your 'true self' is not something you should aim for. Why (you may ask me) ?! Well, your 'true self' my dear friend is not something you find, discover or whatever else great marketers are telling you in flashy banners. Identity is not something that you find out there in the open space.

Identity is something you create.

There was a time identity was created in newspapers, tv adverts or the funny advert on the bus. Nowadays the process is more 'digital' in its nature. You have the world wide web and everybody and I mean absolutely everyone on planet Earth is connected to this vast information space  (defined by URLs, screen sizes and broadband speed) in one way or another. What’s missing?

The human touch.

Humans. A bunch of talking apes using plastic boxes to talk to each other. Or shall I say a bunch of homo sapiens that think it is possible to outsmart the Mother Nature with ‘black hat’ tricks.
Not to disappoint you but better screen resolution is just that: better screen resolution. Your eyes are the same. Better RAM is just better RAM. Your brain is still the same. You still process the information the same way your grandfather did.

Technology is evolving. Human beings not that much ( or you think you are smarter than Plato ? ).

So what am I to do in order to create my digital footprint? The answer is actually very simple. Nothing that you haven't done before. In the ‘real’ world, you go to a party and you talk to the people if you want them to know you. On the web you create content in order to ‘show’ yourself to the others.
Yes, it’s that simple - just go out there and talk to the people.

“Web writing serves two purposes. First, it structures your digital footprint and second, it is the thread  that connects your business to your customers and prospects.” - +Teodora Petkova 

Pay special attention to the context of your writings. Your aim should be creating ‘semantic networks’ around your identity ( +David Amerland). 
Semantic content strategy is the way forward if you want to connect to the people who are looking for you (or your business).
Going back to the party mentioned above - you do not really want to connect to the mother of the fit girl jumping in front of you, don’t you. That is why you are talking about the latest cool band from UK and not about the latest food offers in +Tesco (Walmart).
Do you get me?

In the end “make the time, write with your intuition, use your imagination and read slowly when you’re done" ( +Gina Fiedel).
The moment “we step into the World Wide Web, we become visible” ( +Kristin Drysdale) and all our strengths and weaknesses become evident as well.
But don't be too nervous. As in the real world, nobody is perfect.

"To accomplish the perfect perfection, a little imperfection helps." ― Dejan Stojanovic

#contentmarketing   #contentstrategy   #contentcreation   #identity   #digitalfootprint  
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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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