Sorry to hear about your PageRank troubles. Google does not contact
webmasters back about the status of reconsideration reports. If we
did, it would become much easier for webspammers and the less ethical
SEO's to test for grey areas in the webmaster guidelines and we don't
think this is in the best interests of the searching public. However,
I do understand that this can be very frustrating. The best thing to
do is recheck your site against the webmaster guidelines, and if you
find further issues, fix them and submit another reconsideration
report. If you find no issues, you are probably in the clear.
The other thing is that the PageRank shown in the Google Toolbar is
only updated periodically, usually every few months, and is only an
abstraction from the constantly updated number our algorithms use. In
the time between updates, any number of things can happen to the other
sites that link to you, and the sites that link to them (and so on) so
it can be hard to predict how the little green bar is going to move.
My advice in this account: focus on writing more of that good content
that's gotten you links from around the open-source community--then
pay attention to the traffic you're getting from Google Search, rather
than the PageRank showing up in the toolbar since traffic is probably
the most up-to-date indicator of your site's performance.
And to answer your questions:
1. Web crawl errors usually do not correlate to problems with PageRank
or penalties... they can be signs of broken links or slow server
performance, so it's still worth looking into them, since visitors are
more likely to stick around a fast-loading, well-organized site.
2. It's only necessary to file a new reconsideration request if you
have changed something that was previously in violation of the
webmaster guidelines. Mentioning the things you changed can make the
request easier to evaluate, and it's certainly appreciated.
3. In some cases, you may receive an email or a message in your
message center in Webmaster Tools. But really, the best way to check
if you may be penalized is still to watch your traffic from Google,
design your site for the users rather than search engines, and
periodically reread the webmaster guidelines to check that what you're
doing couldn't be interpreted as deviating from them in some way.
4a. We don't reply... so, I guess the worst and best cases would both
b. This depends on a lot of things, and I don't really know how to
answer this in a satisfactory way. Sorry... maybe some other
webmasters could chime in to share their experiences with
And, as I promised, here's a link to the webmaster guidelines. :-)
If you have questions about specific changes or issues you've had on
your site, I'd be happy to take another look. Also, I'm sure the
other folks in the group would be happy to tackle them, too.
Best of luck with your blog!
On Mar 6, 11:10 am, Aaron Pratt wrote: