Steve’s SEO tips Myth #17
Google holds grudges
So you got slapped with a Google penalty — or a “manual action,” as Googlers refer to it.
As long as you fix the problem as soon as possible, Google isn’t going to disown you. In fact, resolving a manual action is actually quite simple. If you notice a manual action has been placed on your website in Search Console, you have the ability to resolve the action,
and then submit a reconsideration request. If Google can confirm that you’ve fixed the issue, the action will be lifted.
Does that mean you’ll return right back to your previous position in SERPs? Maybe — or maybe not. The key thing to remember here is that your search visibility is constantly changing, regardless of manual actions. So if you don’t end up in the exact spot you were before the penalty, it’s totally natural.