If your site has been penalized by Google or another major search engine, you may be able to fix issues and then submit a reconsideration request. A webmaster should note that reconsideration requests only apply to manual actions, not algorithmic penalties. After viewing and correcting the issues with Google’s Webmaster Tools, you’ll want to submit your request. For Google, a good reconsideration request often includes an explanation of the quality issue you were having, a description of the methods and steps you’ve taken to fix the issue, and the outcome. Indirectly, you’ll want to give the search engine an assurance that this won’t happen again, along with clear evidence that the original problem is now solved. This reconsideration process often takes two to three weeks after Google receives and reviews the request; after which they may approve or deny the request.