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Google penalty and what I did

I was going to start this blog post with a completely different approacth, something like; I haven’t had a good night sleep, ever since I received that email from Google Webmaster Tools. They told me that I’ve been cheating, even though I haven’t. They told me that my site has unnatural external links, but they’re as natural as they can be.

But, I’m messing with you. I’ve been sleeping like a baby. It’s not because I have some exciting news for you yet, but I’ll announce some news that’ll make you scream YEAH!! – soon.

The reason I’ve been sleeping like a baby, and that I haven’t been worried more than a few hours, is that I have been receiving help from a brilliant man. I admit that I was really worried when I received the email, and I had no idea what was happening. I was thinking about the past, and if I had done anything to cause Google to be upset with me, but I just couldn’t find a reason why.

What I did

I had to do something. But, I wasn’t sure exactly what . I was thinking about it for a few hours. I went to sleep without a solution, and that night, I didn’t sleep that well. But, the first thing in the morning, I started to write a blog post explaining my problem.

I have written about this before; blogging is about building relationships. Every time I have a problem, I write about it here on my blog, and in a few hours someone like you, comes up with a solution for me. That’s one of the reasons why I think I’ll always be blogging.

It didn’t take many hours, before three people had left a comment telling me to contact a specific person that they said could help me. That’s three of my loyal readers, letting me know about a person they trust. To me, that’s amazing.

The solution

I had seen his avatar before. I had never visited his website. Now, I’m his biggest fan. I contacted Mayura De Silva, only because three people I trust had told me to do so. I would have just contacted anyone, if I hadn’t received the tips. This is how trust works, and this is how online marketing works at its best. Focus on building relationships, do a great job, and you’ll have success.

Mayura has been brilliant in every way. He cleaned up my site, and he explained to me what was causing the problems with Google. He even contacted Google for me. I’m still waiting for Google to reconsider my site, after they applied the manual spam action. It might take a while, I don’t know. But, with Mayura on my team, I’m sure that I won’t have any problems with spam anymore.


To me, relationships are more important than ever. It might be because everything is going so fast, and that the world is more complex than ever. It’s more difficult to get attention, and it’s a competitive place to be. When I’m searching for a solution, no matter what topic I’m talking about, I’m always looking to my friends for help. I’m vulnerable alone, but together with my friends, I’m invincible.

12 responses to “Google penalty and what I did”

  1. Mayura says:

    Hi Jens,

    Thank you so much for the shout out and I like to express my gratitude for those who recommended me too 🙂 That’s very kind of you all, and now that’s the power of relationships indeed.

    Compared to few I met who had the same issue, you were step ahead mate. They made changes for days without knowing what they were doing and it wasn’t a single issue to resolve when they reached me out 🙂 In yours, I just needed to worry about the unnatural links only.

    I think your scenario was very interesting. One link spotted as spam was clean few years ago, and suddenly that domain haunted by malware. Imagine if same occurs to a loyal reader / blogger who left numerous comments up here. It can happen and may be they don’t even know about it. Hence security checks aren’t a waste of time eventhough we always seem to get the green light 🙂

    Now, the lack of information from Google’s point of view make us wait, Jens. Else we could celebrate the victory already. Guess I need that confirmation email so badly 😀

    We have to await for the Google’s reply and hope the good news will soon find your inbox 🙂

    Thanks again and have a lovely week there, Jens 🙂


  2. Josh says:

    So glad to hear that you figured it out. Hope Google takes action sooner than later.

  3. Tim Bonner says:


    I’m so glad that Mayura’s been able to help you. That’s brilliant news.

    I hope that Google come back to you soon so that you can forget about it and get on with doing what you do best – telling stories and blogging!

  4. Ed King says:

    Awesome ! The power of relationships.. great !
    Hope it all clears up soon

  5. Awesome!

    I am glad that Mayura could help you out.

    Like you mentioned, this is the power of relationships 😀 (I hope those new bloggers out there see this post, learn something and apply it to their own careers).

    Anyways, I hope you get the email soon. Thanks for the update!

  6. Ashvini says:

    Hi Jens,

    Google Penalty is indeed very bad. I know that my site has suffered a loss in traffic but there is no penalty at all mentioned anywhere. Makes me scratch my head all the time.

    I am glad that Mayura could help you with the problem. Its nice to have a friend who can help you when its needed the most.

    Have a great day.

  7. Adrienne says:

    Oh my goodness Jens, you didn’t know Mayura before this? I’m so surprised, I just thought you would have bumped into him in the blogosphere by now.

    I know he’s been very busy lately and not as active blogging as usual but he’s one of those that you would find on every blog as well commenting away and leaving awesome ones. He was my last guest post for 2013.

    A few of my friends have had to hire Mayura to help them resolve some issues as well so I’m thrilled to hear that he helped you too. He’s just brilliant at what he does so I’m so happy that he was able to resolve whatever issue Google had with you. I know it had to be some outside source causing this because you’re about as clean as they come. Darn Google.

    I’m wishing you the best of luck that this is resolved soon Jens.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!


  8. Gail Gardner says:

    While I would like to be optimistic, the odds are against recovery. I quote two expert sources:

    Barry Schwartz on SEO Roundtable: “Only 15% Say The Disavow Tool Benefits Their Rankings”

    “If you got hit by a penalty for bad links you’re probably looking at 6 months to a year to recover after you clean things up.” ~ Google spokesperson John Mueller in his Closing Keynote at SMX Israel.

    My site was recently penalized by Google thanks to a vigilante link snitch who is turning sites in for publishing free guest posts. I will add to CommentLuv the exact post he mentions – one so excellent that as busy as Adrienne Smith is, she took time to comment in it prior to this penalty.

    I have no intention of begging Google’s forgiveness because building relationships and supporting small business are more important than traffic from Google.

    100% of the small businesses I’ve worked with over the years in any capacity (primarily AdWords management) have been severely damaged by Google. Many sites will no longer link to a small business for any reason because they are so terrified of Google penalizing them.

    I shared many examples in the discussion about the post I’m putting in CommentLuv where I shared it on and encourage you and y our readers to more clearly understand what is at stake by reading those discussions.

    As bloggers, we do not need Google’s traffic. We can simply go visit other CommentLuv blogs, read, comment and share their content. That will bring us more traffic than Google ever provided.

  9. Gail Gardner says:

    I should clarify, the post he turned in that Adrienne commented in is in that post. I can provide links to the three other sites I mentioned if you want them.

  10. Apu Mridha says:

    i was facing the same problem with my website.. got a penalty from google … Thanks for sharing your methods… hopefully it will be helpful for me .. 🙂



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