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Have you received a manual action/Google penalty?

Marie and her team have been removing Google manual actions since 2012.

We have seen a 100% success rate for unnatural links penalties with clients who follow our recommendations.

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We have seen a 100% success rate for unnatural links penalties with clients who follow our recommendations. 

Marie Haynes is known as one of the world’s foremost experts when it comes to understanding and removing Google manual actions. She has removed hundreds of unnatural link penalties and is also experienced in removing other manual actions such as pure spam penalties, outbound unnatural link penalties, thin content penalties and more.

If we take you on as a client with an unnatural links penalty, provided you follow our advice, we guarantee that we can get your manual action removed.

About Marie

Dr. Marie Haynes is known as a leader in the field of SEO. She speaks on the subject of Google’s Quality Raters’ Guidelines, E-A-T, Panda, Penguin and unnatural links at conferences like SMX, Pubcon and Brighton SEO.

Marie’s book on removing unnatural links penalties has been used by hundreds of SEOs who wanted to learn how to audit links and remove manual actions.

The Marie Haynes Consulting Inc. staff all work out of the same office in Ottawa, Ontario and are equally obsessed with helping businesses improve their online presence.


Go to Google Search Console and click on Search Traffic, then Manual Actions. You will be notified if you have a manual action there. If you see “No Manual Webspam Actions” then you are dealing with another problem.

We don’t always know why a site gets a manual review. It could have been reported by a competitor or a member of Google’s Webspam team reviewed your site and decided it should be penalized.

When you have a manual action, it means part or all of your site is being either hidden or suppressed in search. This means your traffic and rankings can be drastically affected. If this is the case, it is important to have it removed as soon as possible.

This can vary. It generally takes 4-6 weeks to complete the whole process. Once filed, it can take anywhere from three days to six weeks to hear a response. While we often succeed on our first try, it can take longer if we require multiple tries.

We do have expedited plans for those clients who are wanting to remove their penalty as quickly as possible.

We follow these steps when removing a penalty:

  • Make a thorough list of backlinks as gathered from ahrefs.com, majestic.com, opensiteexplorer.org, Webmaster Tools Sample, Webmaster Tools most recent and other sources.  We also have a process that we use that helps us to find links that are not available on any of the backlink checkers.  This helps us to get more penalties removed on our first try.
  • Manually review at least one link from every domain linking to the site. The goal is to determine which links Google would like to see removed and try to keep as many good links as possible.
  • Manually review at least one link from every domain linking to the site with a followed link. We document this process thoroughly.  We contact site owners through email addresses we can find on the site, whois email addresses and contact forms. Note: If link removal is deemed necessary, having the MHC team do this work may require an extra fee beyond your original quote.
  • Complete and file a disavow file. This file will be very thorough.  The file contents are discussed with the site owner prior to filing.
  • Write and file a reconsideration request.

Marie was the answer to our Google penalty issue.

She’s everything you look for in a contractor: she knows what needs to be done, is goal and milestone oriented, sends regular status updates and works methodically until the job is done.

We put our business in Marie’s hand and she delivered. She’s earned our trust and our respect. Hire her immediately.

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