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  1. Arti says:

    How do you know when you’ve been “slapped”? As detailed above, symptoms may include a sudden drop in rankings & traffic, or even a bold “Unnatural Links” warning message in Google Webmaster Tools. If your site is no longer shown on Google at all (search for your domain name to find out), that’s a strong indication of a penalty. Typically, however, websites seem to remain on a short leash immediately after a penalty is removed. With time, it’s certainly possible to make a full recovery. Traffic usually stabilizes a fewwhere between the pre-penalty figures and where it was during the penalty.

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