I requested reconsideration, and got my PageRank back!

October 19th, 2007 – 41 Comments

This blog got penalized with a -1 PR penalty for “selling links”. Now I did have some paid links on this blog in the past, when I was newer and less visible to the search world, and less “wise”. I’m not against buying or selling links, but doing it on your own blog, when you’re an SEO is asking for trouble of course.

So I removed all those, and requested reconsideration through the webmaster console, after e-mailing with Brian White, and as you can see, my toolbar PageRank is now back to a healthy PR6. Now to be honest I don’t really care about toolbar PR, and you shouldn’t either, because it didn’t affect my rankings in any way whatsoever. However: clients do look at it, and getting clients to stop looking at it is pretty damn hard…

So if you got penalized, and think that’s unfair or otherwise have reason to believe you don’t deserve the penalty (anymore), just request reconsideration!

41 Responses to I requested reconsideration, and got my PageRank back!

  1. Guido
    By Guido on 19 October, 2007

    I wrote a long comment…

    Then I got the please fill out your name/email screen, clicked back and my comment field was empty. It’s not sticky!

    So that’s all you’re going to get. :p

  2. rxbbx
    By rxbbx on 19 October, 2007

    Nice, you deserved not a -1 penalty..others like those directory owners owning dozens of the same directories and sites playing the system should be penalized.

  3. rondamon
    By rondamon on 19 October, 2007

    Great news from PR!

  4. Richard
    By Richard on 20 October, 2007

    I’m glad you got your PR back! Even if it doesn’t mean much its still nice to see.

  5. andrea
    By andrea on 25 October, 2007

    are you sure you just took away those paid links or the new PR re-calculation is due to something else?

  6. Ryan Lineker
    By Ryan Lineker on 25 October, 2007


    I would like to ask for reconsideration but I can’t find his email address on his site? Please can you tell me what it is?


  7. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 25 October, 2007

    @andrea: yes i’m sure. can’t tell you why, but yes.

    @ryan: just do a reconsideration request through google webmaster tools.

  8. Kerner
    By Kerner on 26 October, 2007

    Paid links are in my opinion direct competitors with Google Adsense… Now, if the blogs remove the paid links, some of them will place Adsense, and all money comes to Google…

  9. Scott
    By Scott on 28 October, 2007

    Can someone please explane how I can request reconsideration through google webmaster tools.

  10. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 28 October, 2007

    Scott: there’s a link under tools on the right side of your dashboard.

  11. cris
    By cris on 29 October, 2007

    @Joost de Valk: thank you for sharing! Until now I didn’t know is possible to “discuss” the matter with google.
    @Kerner: what you are saying would definitely make sense. Curiously, is the first time i hear this theory.

  12. Jim
    By Jim on 29 October, 2007

    On my browser your PR is gone again.

  13. Martijn van Loon
    By Martijn van Loon on 5 November, 2007

    What’s is the best pagerank a website can get ?

  14. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 5 November, 2007

    Martijn, if you don’t know that, and your URL is the one it is, you should quite that business right now.

  15. SEO Websites
    By SEO Websites on 5 November, 2007

    Beste Joost,

    Wat is de beste pagerank die een website kan krijgen ? In cijfer dan.. ?


    Groeten Martijn van Loon

  16. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 5 November, 2007

    10. Maar noem jezelf geen SEO als je dat niet eens weet.

  17. Marcel
    By Marcel on 7 November, 2007

    Its stays incredible that some people call themself Seo Experts, start a Seo company and dont know anything about pagerank. Its so sad that it start to become funny.

    I still have one question left. I always thought and think that pagerank is something that shows how import other sites think your site is. How is it then possible that you get such a big penalty for payed links. Shouldnt it be more logic just give you a SERP penalty instead of a pagerank penalty?

  18. SEO Websites
    By SEO Websites on 7 November, 2007

    Joost, you think you’re so fucking cool, don’t ya?
    Well i think SEO’s need to share there wisedom. But anyway, you don’t. That’s ok. But never ever insolt me like this again, couse i’ll swear : we will meet someday, and seeing you little girlyhead on that picture, say’s me that you will shit your pants. So don’t think you cool, just becouse you’ve got a blog, we all try to do our SEO work as best as we can, and i will garanty you, that i’ve only got satisfied customers.

  19. Uberhype
    By Uberhype on 7 November, 2007

    Out of interest, what was the timescale from you submitting a reconsideration request and Google taking action on it?

  20. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 7 November, 2007

    Uberhype: about 1,5-2 weeks

    SEO Websites: hehe so I need to upgrade my picture? :) Yes I think I’m a good SEO, and no I don’t mind sharing at all, that’s what this blog is all about.

    You’ve totally gotten the wrong idea. I do however still think that you should know your stuff before calling yourself an SEO…

  21. SEO Websites
    By SEO Websites on 7 November, 2007

    Joost, because you’re a big SEO-EXPERT and i’m not (according to you), i want to dare you about the word: “pagerank”. Who get’s the highest results at Google.nl (pagina’s in het nederland). Finaldate : 1 Jan 2008. Winner get’s: Honor and one pack of Heiniken beer. So you say your one hell of a SEO-EXPERT take the challange !

  22. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 7 November, 2007

    hehe, dude, find something better to do with your URL, like learning what PageRank is. Competing in google.nl is boring as hell btw. If you can rank above me for this query before january 2008, i’ll buy you beer for a night :)

  23. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 7 November, 2007

    Don’t insult me, there’s no use. Seriously, you’re making yourself look stupid by doing it.

  24. Uberhype
    By Uberhype on 7 November, 2007

    Hey SEO Websites.

    Before you go making uneducated, rash challenges, you should look at SEO’ing your own website.

    No H1 tag for starters, tut tut tut!

    Nice, centred text throughout a la 1980’s, looking pretty bad so far.

    I’m guessing your ‘customers’ never complained because you don’t actually have any?

    Just a guess, going from your complete lack of skills. I mean, you don’t even have the basics right.

    Or are you playing the ‘negative publicity is good publicity’ card?

    Either way, you’re making a complete hash of it.

  25. SEO Websites
    By SEO Websites on 7 November, 2007

    Why don’t you try optimizing for:
    “pink hat seo” ? Couse that’s what you are.
    The only thing you’ve got on me are negative things, but if i’am so bad, why don’t you challange me…..and by the way, this blog is one big hash and indeed i don’t see it as bad publicity because your blog stinks ! who want’s to read it anyway… bla bla bla bullshit telling everybody how good you are, but you don’t dare to challange me ? Grow up and be a man pussyboy.

  26. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 7 November, 2007

    Well, if you don’t want to read it, I’m quite fine with that after your comments :) There are loads of people who like reading this blog, so I won’t mind if you’re not reading anymore :)

  27. Champi
    By Champi on 7 November, 2007

    He SEO Websites,
    Hou je fatsoen eens.. Verneder je niet verder. Er zijn meer mensen die hier lezen. Zitten niet te wachten op die goedkope discussies.

  28. Optimax Solutions
    By Optimax Solutions on 29 November, 2007

    Tjonge, jonge, heeft er eentje een ego-probleem of zo… :)

  29. gian
    By gian on 23 January, 2008

    well guys, can someone tell me what happened to my page rank. It supposed to be 1 but I tonight i discovered that it has an N/A…. Can someone tell me what happened…. please help me

  30. Ani
    By Ani on 11 June, 2008

    my site laMundial.net got penalized from 6 to 3 PR for selling links, after adding nofollows and requesting reconsideration I got it back but I got another 6 to 4 penalty for an error in googlebot indexing and they have senf my reconsidration requesting to the garbage :(

    here you have the whole story if interested: 10.379 not found pages in few days

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