Google’s head of Search Spam, Matt Cutts, announced at the SMX Advanced 2014 Search Marketing Expo, the search engine giant is updating the way it handles reconsideration rejection requests from webmasters.
When Google receives a request from a site owner for reconsideration, a team of analysts review the site to find out which manual actions by the webspam team affected the site’s ranking in Google. If Google finds out the ranking issues are not related to a manual action taken by the webspam team, it sends a rejection notice to the webmaster. According to Cutts, when a Google Search Quality Analyst responds back to a reconsideration request after reviewing it, he can now add additional feedback for webmasters in a new box.
Earlier in 2011, Google announced there is no need to file a reconsideration request if the penalty is not a manual Google penalty. It also said it will be sending additional reconsideration request responses to webmasters indicating whether a manual spam action was withdrawn, if a site complies with Google Webmaster Guidelines, or if Google is not taking any manual action against it.
Google has also been providing detailed responses to webmasters who submitted the requests, like link examples for link issues and general categorization for other issues, but now Google is planning to offer more. This means the webmasters can be prepared for more specific advice and recommendations from Google related to their reconsideration requests.Google Gets More Specific on Reconsideration Request Rejection Notices with Additional Information!,