How to Recover from a Penguin Penalty

//How to Recover from a Penguin Penalty

How to Recover from a Penguin Penalty

If you are really into SEO, you should know there are two animals that most SEO gurus or internet marketers keep talking about: Panda and Penguin. There has been a lot of algorithms updates in recent years around these two animals. As a result, a lot of websites were penalized. If you really want to know, one of my sites also got hit few years ago.

Now, I am pretty sure a lot of people out there are still not sure the difference between those two animal: Panda and Penguin.

If you asked any SEO guru or internet marketer, he/she will give you few hours of lectures on the terms.

In sum, Panda is all about content and Penguin is all about links. Simple, right?

panda vs penguinPanda is basically targeting websites that have thin content or duplicated content, whereas Penguin is targeting websites that have bad or unnatural backlinks.

For SEO lovers, you should aware Google recently rolled out the Penguin 3.0. Currently, no one really know how big impact of Penguin 3.0 bring to the search queries. However, I am pretty sure the number will be big. The last Penguin update was 1 year ago, and it nearly destroyed 3% of websites online; mine included.

Of course, if you are landing on this page, your site probably got hit, and searching for ways to recover from a Penguin penalty. In this articles, I will show you ways that you can recover your website from penguin penalty. It is possible but will take a lot of time and energy to do  it.

To recover from a penguin penalty is not rocket science. You will have to remove bad backlinks of your site.

There are quite few ways you can find out your site’s backlinks. The most common way that people are using is Google Webmaster.

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If you have one setup, you can go to Search Traffic -> Links to Your site, and click the More link; after that, click the Download latest links button.

recover from penguinNow, open the downloaded Excel file, you will see all backlinks that your website currently has. To identify which links are bad, you need to through each backlinks or domain and determine which is bad and should be removed.

After you have the list of “bad” backlinks, you want to disavow those backlinks. To do that, open a text file, and then type in something like:

# Contacted owner of on 10/2/2014
# ask for link removal but got no response

The above will request Google disregard all backlinks from On the other hand, if you simply want to remove a backlink from a specific page, you can type in something like:

# ask for link removal but got no response

Pretty straightforward, you simply put the comment above the  backlinks that you want Google to disregard.

After you have a list of backlinks that you want to disavow, you simply go to the disavow links tool page, and then select your website, Click Disavow links, and then Click Choose file to upload the text file that you created.

After everything is done and completed, you might need to wait for few weeks for Google to process the information.

As you can see and tell, the concept is pretty simply; it is just that if you have a big website and a lot of backlinks, it will be tedious and time consuming to do so.

Anyway, I wish there is a better way, but that is the only way how you can recover from a Penguin penalty. If you know a better way, please do share with us, and we can learn from each other!


2018-03-01T02:40:08+00:00By |Categories: SEO|Tags: , , , , |

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