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My website lets people share subtitles, and sometimes users upload copyrighted material. Therefore, I wasn't surprised to find that google blacklisted the pages which contain copyrighted material, and I am removing those.

However, the domain example.com is now also blacklisted. How can I get it off the list, and let users find it via Google?

I've downloaded the copyright removals data from Google's transparency report, scanned through, and found that many of the removal requests aren't to pages like example.com/disney_movie.html, but the domain example.com. I also got the report from the lumen database, same problem. I found a relevant question here, but it mentions emails where Google notifies me of a DMCA removal, but I don't have any such emails.

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    I edited your terminology: .com is a top-level domain and example.com is a domain. – Stephen Ostermiller yesterday
  • @StephenOstermiller that's great, thanks! – MrMartin yesterday
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First, type site:example.com into Google. If there are no results, you might be blacklisted, but if you can see a bunch of results, you're just ranking poorly.

If you still think you might be blacklisted, start by adding your website to Google Search Console and looking for Manual Actions.

My understanding is that the only way for a website to be actually wholesale blacklisted from Google is for a person at Google to slap it with a Manual Action.

The Manual Actions report should tell you what to do next.

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