Google Webmaster Central Takes a Beating in Germany!

May 11, 2007 | 2,786 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Communicating between Google and webmasters took a blow when some German webmasters received fake penalty notification emails allegedly sent by Google Search Quality. The problem arose as these spam notices look very similar to Google's mails. An original example of Google's penalty notification email is:

“Dear site owner or webmaster of http://www.chefrevival.com.au/,

While we were indexing your webpages, we detected that some of your pages were using techniques that were outside our quality guidelines, which can be found here: http://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html

In order to preserve the quality of our search engine, we have temporarily removed some webpages from our search results. Currently pages from http://www.chefrevival.com.au/ are scheduled to be removed for at least 30 days.

Specifically, we detected the following practices on your webpages:

On http://www.chefrevival.com.au/, we noticed the following hidden text: “Chef Revival Chef Uniforms – A range of stylish, comfortable and durable chef uniforms designed to withstand the pressures of today’s kitchens, Chef apron Chef Jackets Chef Pant Chef trouser Chef headwear Chef Apron Chef Shirt Chef Neckties, Chef aprons Chef Jackets Chef Pants Chef trousers Chef headwears Chef Aprons Chef Shirts Chef Neckties, traditional check chefwear clothes”

We would prefer to have your pages in Google’s index. If you wish to be reincluded, please correct or remove all pages that are outside our quality guidelines. When you are ready, please submit a reinclusion request at http://www.google.com/support/bin/request.py

You can select “I’m a webmaster inquiring about my website” and then “Why my site disappeared from the search results or dropped in ranking,” click Continue, and then make sure to type “Reinclusion Request” in the Subject: line of the resulting form.

Sincerely,

Google Search Quality Team”

Google has temporarily discontinued sending the notification mails as work is on to improve and safeguard communication methods between Google and webmasters.

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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