Back from the grave A Google Panda Recovery Success Story - Great SEO!

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Hi Everyone,

It has been awhile since I have written to you all, but things have been
a bit wild. I have a success story to share with you that hopefully will encourage some
of you to hang in there..

Today, we will discuss a site that was google panda penalized but is now on page 1 and doing great!


Top of the search engine

Moving a site into page 1 in Google can be very difficult. When a site is under penalty, it can be near impossible.

One of my earlier posts featured the site, and I had shared how this site was Google Panda
penalized when I purchased the domain. It was a 19 year old domain that had been RUINED by it's previous 
owners. It had been so poorly done that it did not show up in any search engine in the first 20 pages or worse.

I was able to quickly move the site to position 1 in all the other major search engines by simply re-doing the 
site, and adhering to proper SEO techniques. The challenge was Google. Moving onto page 1 in Google
was an 84 day process for me. If your site has been penalized by Google, and you are not willing to make the
changes required to get off their list, and you are not willing to commit to be patient during the process, you
may as well just purchase a new domain and start over.. The choice is yours but the 84 day wait was well
worth it to me to be getting daily requests and new customers.    



get above the competition

Before I go into what it takes to recover, let me warn you that the #1 ingredient is patience. When a site
is penalized by Google and you are losing money on a daily basis, it is very hard to "wait" for your site to
magically recover. Many people experience the temptation to try to "fix" things. 


Here are the steps I took to bring the site MastersInt.Com from DOA to position 6 in Google for a highly 
profitable search term in 84 days. 

  1. Clean up all incoming links by contacting the sites and removing the spammy ones.
  2. Clean up the site to add lots of whitespace and well formatted paragraphs.
  3. Make sure you have not "Over Optimized" ... Ie, don't stuff keywords etc.
  4. Make sure your Title, Meta Keywords, Meta Description, and Content AGREE!
  5. Have one or 2 outbound links to relevant sites (hopefully not your competitors).
  6. WAIT, WAIT, WAIT till you KNOW the site has been indexed and check your position.
  7. Make minor adjustments and WAIT WAIT WAIT till the next index.

That is exactly what I did to MastersInt.Com, and the site is now solidly in position 6 in Google
for the search term "Quality SEO", proof here.

I know this may seem like nothing to many of you, but this site was like not even in the index it was
SO dead. Many people have railed at me for these posts, but I am trying to give you practical ways
to recover your business without paying for SEO services.

Keep watching my posts, in the next week or so I will do a post on how our new RETS service helps
sites to index quickly without the issues of most IDX sites getting penalized due to STUFFING keywords.

Have a great day and looking forward to seeing you AT THE TOP! 

P.S. Yes, I took these pictures myself... It was a very fun day! 





Comments (24)

Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Welcome back. We all hung in there because we appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us.

Dec 11, 2012 11:34 AM
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
Great SEO Services that you can afford!

Margaret,   Thanks for commenting.. ok.. on the pictures, that was a crew who came in to do some work on the high tension power lines through Blair Ne where I manage technology for a trucking firm up there. Since years ago I had done alot of "tower" work, I was asked to take photographs of the work they did. It was way cool because although it is not clear in the photos, all the work was actually done at around 120 feet above the ground on two adjacent towers. My 300MM telephoto lens on my Canon Digital Rebel EOS camera did the trick.

On your site, we completed several modules in the past few weeks on our RETS system, and your new site (with RETS Listings) will be live by late tonight.

Thank you and have a WONDERFUL day! 

Dec 12, 2012 02:35 AM
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
Great SEO Services that you can afford!

Shar, Thank you for stopping by and commenting, and for your kind words.. This was really a waiting game on this site once I fixed the problems. You know, I would be LOST in trying to do what you do also, so my hats off to you! As far as what we all do, I believe it's 10% knowledge, and 90% about what God created us to do in this world.. He gets all the credit for any success I have in life. 

Have a great day! 

Dec 12, 2012 02:45 AM
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
Great SEO Services that you can afford!

Jill, Thank you for commenting, and for hanging in there... It has been somewhat of a hard few months for us.. Work has been pretty fast and furious also with 20 to 30 active SEO and website devel projects going on all at once. Looking forward to getting to catch our breath soon. It is mutual on the knowledge sharing.. I have gained so much, and been so blessed by being here on A/R... So many people here on A/R have made invaluable deposits into my life also. Have a wonderful day! 

Dec 12, 2012 02:53 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joe- a big welcome back!!!

Dec 13, 2012 01:45 AM
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
Great SEO Services that you can afford!

Kathy, Thanks! you know how my schedule is.. its fast and furious all the time. Have a great day!

Dec 13, 2012 05:55 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dec 15, 2012 12:03 PM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I imagine with all the Google pandas and penguins out there. .you must be very busy. .

Dec 15, 2012 09:32 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Joe, thank you for sharing your strategy. We all can learn from this and have some tweaking to do on our own sites.
Dec 15, 2012 09:33 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joe,

I came over from Kathy's post this morning on her Ah-ha moments from the week. This post certainly qualifies!! Welcome back and we all appreciate you sharing your strategy!!

Dec 15, 2012 10:07 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTORĀ®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Love this post and I can see why Kathy chose it to be featured in her weekly wrap up ! Congrats!

Dec 15, 2012 11:07 PM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Joe,  Your willingness to share with your AR frindes says a lot about you.  Kepp up the good work !

Dec 16, 2012 02:16 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Some very good ideas for all of us... proof that it can be done with patience and good planning.


Dec 16, 2012 02:52 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


What a lot of work to recover your position on Google, but I guess it was worth it.  Good information on how to restore your place on Google.

Dec 16, 2012 12:18 PM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Glad you got to near the top with Google.  I was curious as to how one gets rid of spammy inbound links...

Dec 16, 2012 12:33 PM
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
Great SEO Services that you can afford!

Kathy, Thank you so much for featuring my post... You are such a blessing! Hope you and Larry are feeling better after coming here and getting the FLU! :( Lets try to talk this week at your convenience.. Have a great day!

Dec 17, 2012 01:21 AM
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
Great SEO Services that you can afford!

Hi Fernando, Thanks for commenting.. You are 100% correct... Google is keeping me VERY busy. So many people have lost so much business with these IDIOTIC updates. I would prefer to get regular business, and not be trying to rescue sites that have done great for years, but are now tanked. Have a great day my friend.

Dec 17, 2012 01:24 AM
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
Great SEO Services that you can afford!

Hi Sylvia, Thanks for commenting. Yes, our sites are going to be "TWEAKED" either by us, or by panda.. Have a great day!

Dec 17, 2012 01:25 AM
Joe Smith
NeNet - Tulsa, OK
Great SEO Services that you can afford!

Hi Dorie, Thanks for coming by and commenting... Any friend of Kathy's is a friend of mine!!! I appreciate the vote of confidence.. Have a blessed day!

Dec 17, 2012 01:26 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Joe, like Kathy, I have learned something new today.

I am not sure that I would have the patience or ability to save a dead site like this, chances are that I would have found a new url and moved on with a fresh site.

Dec 18, 2012 08:26 PM