Path TV: Google Reconsideration Request

Avatar Leigh Evenson December 19, 2013 Category Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

On this episode of Path TV Michael Stearne and Avinash Conda discuss Google Reconsideration Request and how to correct malware warning signs that may be coming up on your site suggesting it is spam.


The malware that could be infesting your site may be no fault of your own but it still causes your page to come up as spam. This can harm search rankings because Google’s crawlers may start to think you are spammy or spreading viruses.

To reiterate what we mentioned in our latest post, the first step you need to take to remove the warning is to sign into Webmaster Tools with your Google Account and fill out a reconsideration request form to send to Google saying that you have complied with all the Google Webmaster guidelines. Make sure you’ve added and verified the site you want reconsidered. Usually you may receive a notification through Google Webmaster Tools saying that there is an issue with your site. But not everyone uses webmaster tools, which is why it can go unnoticed for a period of time. Once the reconsideration request is submitted, it will take awhile (up to several weeks) to be processed, since they’re evaluated by an actual person and not a robot. Google says that they receive about 5000 reconsideration request per week.

In your reconsideration request make it clear that you have already identified the malware somewhere and removed it and that your website is now ready for reconsideration. If Google then determines that the problem is fixed and the site is no longer a threat, then the warning will be removed from your site.

If you’re website has been pinged by Google and has brought your SEO efforts to a halt, contact a search engine professional at Path interactive by calling us or filling out a contact form.

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