Search Engine Penalty Assessment


Search engines are constantly refining the quality of their search results to improve user experience. Over the years major search engines such as Google or Yandex have released various changes to their search algorithms, in order to crack down on unscrupulous SEO practices. These involve updates such as Google Penguin or Yandex Minusinsk which penalise websites having unnatural inbound links, usually involving buying and selling links, to try to artificially inflate websites' trust factors and page position purely to get better rankings. Both Yandex and Google issue algorithmic penalties. Google is also known for imposing manual penalties.

It can sometimes take a while to recover from a penalty, as the search engine won't inform you why your site has been penalised. You'll need to consult an expert who knows what to look out for and identify potential causes of the penalty along with recommendations on how to reverse this and restore rankings of your website.

Here’s when Search Engine Penalty Assessment can help!

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    When your rankings or traffic have suddenly dropped in a search engine,

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    When you suspect you’ve incurred a penalty in a search engine.


Search engines are constantly improving their search algorithms by releasing various updates to improve the search experience. One of those improvements is cracking down on unscrupulous SEO practices more efficiently by applying penalties to websites which try to deceive the algorithms in artificially inflate rankings. It can sometimes take a while to recover from a penalty, as search engines won't inform you why your site has been penalised. An SEO expert will identify potential causes of the penalty and provide recommendations on how to reverse this.

Quality process

The process begins by completing a briefing questionnaire to clarify your objectives for the audit. This briefing will be visible to all the team members involved with delivering the audit and is the foundation for all our quality checks. An SEO specialist will examine your website to look for any of the following issues:

  • Poor quality links,
  • “Spammy” links – heavy on anchor text, excessive follow or no follow, lack of quality signals,
  • Duplicate content,
  • Shallow content,
  • Signals of „over-optimisation” of content.

Following this analysis, they will conclude whether or not you have incurred a penalty and, for each problem identified, will recommend a solution.

Please note that it can take months to recover from a penalty, even if you fix the root problems immediately. In some cases, we may advise that you switch to a new domain.

Webcertain Group is passionate about generating business growth for its clients in any part of the world. A team of native speakers of all the world’s major languages works together to achieve client objectives - no one understands working with different cultures and the nuances of language in the globe’s search engines better than the Webcertain multilingual teams. Webcertain operates in 44 languages.

Benefits of working with Webcertain:

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