Have I been penalized..?Demanding greater search engine transparency
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Did you know..?
  • With some 1 billion searches each day, search engines are the gate keepers of the web.
  • Search penalties can have a severe impact, effectively removing a website from the net.
  • Most penalties are applied for a good reason (e.g. spamming sites). However, in some cases severe penalties are imposed accidentally on legitimate sites - with severe consequences.
  • There is currently no penalty notification from search engines.
  • In most cases, website owners have no means to confirm the penalty status with the search engine.
  • Online businesses waste considerable resource optimizing sites which are penalized, or trying to rectify the cause of a suspected penalty without being subjected to one.
  • Search engines leave affected online businesses in the dark. This needs to change. More transparency is required.
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Have I been penalized..?

Most websites rely on search engines as their primary source of traffic. Many site owners have invested considerable time and money building search engine rankings and simply want to compete for ranking in a fair online market place.

But a fair online market place currently doesn’t exist, because some leading search engines can erroneously change your site’s rankings.

These search engines use processes to impose ranking penalties. Sometimes the penalties are fair – but in some cases they are imposed by mistake, causing many honest websites to disappear from search results virtually overnight. What’s worse, is that there is no easy or transparent way for website owners to find out why this has happened.

When search engines hold positions of such power, we argue this should come with an equal duty to be transparent when it comes to penalties.

We are campaigning for search providers to confirm to concerned website owners whether a penalty has been imposed and provide an explanation why.

It is only fair to allow the penalised site to put things right as quickly as possible so that it can regain its rankings, or appeal a penalty applied in error.

Join our campaign to make the online market place fairer for all site owners and sign up to our free mailing list now to keep updated.

Have I been penalized..? is an initiative by One News Page, a global news navigator website which suffered a lengthy Google penalty for a long period of time but - despite numerous efforts - has never been able to find out why. This initiative is supported by ICOMP, the Initiative for a Competitive Online Market Place, which has numerous industry members fighting for the online market place to become fairer and more sustainable.


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