what do you do when you know you haven’t do anything wrong, but Google still gives you a penalty
Take http://www.indigoclothing.com/and Alex is a reader and sometimes comments on my blog, I got an IM from him today asking me to look at his site more a favour and than anything else, see you it looks like his site has been hit with a penalty.
so I asked Alex a few simple question.
ME: Links.. have you purchased any say in the last 6 months ?
Alex : NO
ME What site changes have you made
Alex we added a hidden Div and Google analytics’s
ME WTF .. you mad Hidden Div?
Alex you can see on homepage, the green bar below images click it…. Scriptalicious
ME ok .. how do you handle 404’s
Alex ???? serverside we serve a 404 with links
Me : you got any new links recently, it has to be link related mate
Alex : we won the WordPress contract to run their shop
Me : Link please
Alex : http://shop.wordpress.net/
Me : http://shop.wordpress.net/world/about/ I bet that fucked you up
Alex : what should we do ask them to remove the links and file a reinclusion request
Me: WHAT ! you have done nothing wrong… I ranted for a while… what I would do is
a) If you don’t have google webmaster central account – get one
b) Yes file a re-inclusion request
c) Pray a lot
so what would you do in this case.. you know you haven’t made any mistakes but you still got hit with a Google penalty