On the 22nd of November I received a message from Google saying one of my Spanish affiliate website had suffered an “unnatural linking penalty”. This wasn’t surprising as I purchased a lot of random links to this website and also a couple of sape links too. Anyway, ranking dropped along with organic traffic, so I needed a solution. I decided to follow the guide of double 301ing the website, method seen here. And report on the results.
Penalty occurred. Remove sape links but no others.
No movement back, although results moving quite a lot still. This is when I began the 301ing.
- Purchased 2 new domains – 5 mins.
- Set up the exact website (content / images) on one of the new domains. – 20 mins.
- 301 penalised domain to “Middle man” domain. – 5 mins
- 301 middle man domain to new domain with previous site content on – 5 mins.
The entire process from start to finish took about 40 mins. If you have experience transferring WordPress websites and are familiar with your domain registrar and 301ing sites, this is a really easy process. Will have to wait to see if rankings recover and if I’ve even done this all correctly first! Write the next update on the 8th December.
Okay it’s been long enough now I think its time to reveal the unfortunately negative results.
Results for a couple of keywords increased but generally the results were negative and hence in this instance the double 301 did not work.
Well, that failed. But you live and learn.