So Rap Genius is able to recover from a manual link penalty in 10 days. This article explains their process, which clearly was thorough, but I have a real problem with the speed with which they were able to have their case reconsidered. Curious to hear what other SEOs who have written or shared content about web penalties on G+ think, +Glenn Gabe +Barry Schwartz +Mark Traphagen +Greg Smith +Chase Billow +Mike Wilton

I work with small to mid-sized businesses that suffer from manual penalties all the time, and I have NEVER seen such a fast recovery. What made Rap Genius special? The $15 million in VC funding they recently raised? Their high profile?

Other businesses who find themselves penalized are DEVESTATED by these actions, they very often had no idea what they were doing to themselves when they paid an "SEO" to build them links, but the loss of revenue, loss of jobs, loss of livelihood is VERY REAL, no less real or urgent than Rap Genius' situation.

I am working with two clients right now that are under manual penalties. Their reconsideration requests were submitted through Google Webmaster Tools in mid-December, and to date there is no answer. I've seen reconsideration requests take longer than a month to be responded to. These are real businesses with quality websites that serve a real purpose and offer visitors a quality experience, their only mistake, they paid someone to build them links in the past because they were lead to believe that's how "SEO" was done.

 So how does a company like Rap Genius get near instant feedback on their efforts and have a manual penalty removed so quickly? +Matt Cutts , care to comment? Why the horrible double-standard?
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