Last November my page rank dropped from 3 to 0 overnight. I was completely bewildered because I wasn’t buying text links, writing paid reviews or doing any of the google no-no’s.
This article quickly became my most commented. Some people offered advice and others stopped by to commiserate telling me that the same thing had happened to them.
I intended to write a follow-up to that article but never did. I decided to try not to care about page rank and got distracted by much more important things.
A week to 10 days after I lost my page rank I submitted a reconsideration request. I figured it couldn’t hurt but I didn’t expect to hear back or for anything to come from it.
At the beginning of the year Ajith emailed me to let me know that my page rank had been restored. It was kind of like a New Years gift.
Note: I am told there was a page rank update on New Years so my ranking probably came back because of that, not the reconsideration request.
I am only assuming that the reconsideration request made a difference because there wasn’t an update in rankings at that time. But like I said, I never heard anything back from google about the request.
At the end of last week Google posted a video with tips on submitting a reconsideration request, which I have included below. I think the information is valuable although the reading of the script from the laptops is annoying.
So, if you’ve had ranking or indexing problem I would recommend submitting the reconsideration request. It can’t hurt. Just don’t expect to hear back. But maybe you’ll be lucky like me and will get your ranking reinstated.
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