Google Removes Reconsideration Request Form

The reconsideration request form is gone from GWT. With introduction of manual action viewer in Google Webmaster tools, they have decided to only let webmasters affected with manual webspam action penalties to file reconsideration requests. Previously everyone could directly access the reconsideration request.

The reconsideration url now points to the manual action page for your verified domain name.

reconsideration form

Then when you click the “Check Manual Actions” link, it will direct you to the Manual action viewer page in Google webmasters tools.

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However, if you find a manual action, the there will be a link to the reconsideration request page via the Request review button.

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Ever since Google Panda and Penguin penalties affected thousands of sites, Google has been repeatedly replying to webmasters affected by algorithmic penalties, that it is not a manual action by Google, and they do NOT need to file reconsideration requests. This is message we got –

We reviewed your site and found no manual actions by the webspam team that might affect your site’s ranking in Google. There’s no need to file a reconsideration request for your site, because any ranking issues you may be experiencing are not related to a manual action taken by the webspam team.

Well with the introduction of the manual spam tool, they now prevent webmasters without manual penalties from filing reconsideration requests for verified domain names, and wait for Panda or Penguin refresh instead.