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Try a Penalty Checker to Verify Search Engine Penalties

To confirm whether your website has been penalized by Google, you may want to try a “Google penalty checker”; you can find one by doing a search. The tool creators generally don’t tell you exactly how they determine whether your site has been penalized; still, they may provide a little confirmation of what’s going on, a sort of “second opinion.”

You may get different results from a penalty checker than you get when you perform these checks yourself; for instance, things may still look bad to you — Google won’t return your site in the result when you search for text in your home page’s <TITLE> tag or page content, perhaps — and yet the penalty checker says there’s no penalty.

That result may be because of the difference between Google data centers; different locations get results from different Google data centers, and it takes time for changes to propagate all the way across all data centers.

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Some of these penalty checkers are no good. But Li’l Engine seems okay, and perhaps they’re getting better in general. Still, they don’t have any secret channel to Google; they’re just using a standard set of checks.

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