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Google Manual Reviews Cannot Lift Algorithmic Search Penalty

If you are hoping Google can do something on their back end to lift an algorithmic penalty, you are out of luck. Google does not have something that can remove an algorithmic penalty – such as from impacted by Panda, Penguin, or the many other algo signals – so a site will rank better in the search results. Google has said this on numerous occasions, but the question still pops up.

It came up again during the Reddit AMA John Mueller did this week.

There’s no “reset button” for a domain, we don’t even have that internally, so a manual review wouldn’t change anything there.

The fact there is no reset button isn’t a surprise. For manual actions, those can be removed by Google, but algorithmic penalties cannot. If a site ends up being demoted in the organic search results that shouldn’t be, Google prefers to deal with those situations by adjusting the algo to fix the issue, so it fixes not only the one site but any others that were caught with the same algo change.

On the same note, triggering a manual action won’t fix algo issues even when the reconsideration request is accepted.

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