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casinosca asked 1 year ago
Your page has been blocked from our index because it does not meet the quality standards necessary to assign accurate PageRank. We cannot comment on the individual reasons your page was removed. However, certain actions such as cloaking, writing text in such a way that it can be seen by search engines but not by users, or setting up pages/links with the sole purpose of fooling search engines may result in permanent removal from our index. Please read our Webmaster Guidelines at http://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html for more information.

http://www.pokerc.com

a. Had some cloaking at the top
b. had an onsite link exchange (small one)
c. had a FFA link on link pages
d. Does exchange links

Any suggestions besides removing the cloaking, link exchange, and ffa link?

How long before I should write off the site?

4 Answers
bart3k answered 1 year ago
How did you find out this info from google?

You used to be a PR 4 is that right?

Bart

casinosca answered 1 year ago
It was a PR 5 with links to try to get to 6 within a few more months.

I emailed Google; the replied with a form letter; I responded and they answered after 5 days.

webber286 answered 1 year ago
Google has been beta testing the idea of sending out emails to individual site owners that have been banned. Sounds like you are one of those lucky beta sites that got a heads up. Google doesn’t ban sites for exchanging links (unless maybe every site you link too is also banned). Since you seem to be aware that you are cloaking, I would imagine that would be it. My understanding is that you must remove the offending tactic (cloaking, hidden text, whatever), then apply for re-inclusion, then wait a month or 2 to have the ban lifted. The waiting period seems to be to make sure you don’t just turn around and do the same thing once they lift the ban.

You can probably find more complete information on SEOchat.

casinosca answered 1 year ago
Google said “We have sent your request on to our engineering team who will review your site to determine if it is eligible for re-inclusion. If the website is reinstated, it will appear in Google’s search results sometime in the next few months. We appreciate your patience during this process.”

At the beginning of the update I had a nongaming site disappear; and I found it still had cloaking on a few pages which I removed and within 2 days it was back.

Timing is everything.