Msg#: 4452554 posted 11:46 am on May 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
I have been hit by Penguin. I purchased about 5 links on other websites. Those links point to some internal pages of mine and on 25 Apr I lost traffic just on those pages. Now I asked to all the sellers to remove the pages. On one of such websites the webmaster does not want to remove the page (written by me on his website) with my backlink. He removed the backlink, but not the page because the text I wrote bring him some visitors. My question is: Is it enough removing only the backlink? Or do I have to remove completely the external page?
Msg#: 4452554 posted 8:22 pm on May 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
Text without a backlink should theoretically be enough to remove any bad signals caused by the page. But Google has a long memory, so you could be in for a long wait before the association disappears. To be blunt, if you offered another site content, and they want to keep it, I would say that's up to them!
If you're asking whether or not this will be enough to fix your ranking problems, then I would recommend you head over to the "Cleaning your backlinks" thread: [webmasterworld.com...]
Msg#: 4452554 posted 3:23 pm on May 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
I purchased 5 article marketing backlinks (they link to my 5 internal pages), and 3 or 4 directory backlinks. But I hope that goguides and others will not hurt me. I will try removing such article backlinks and if it will not work I will remove the directory links.
BEFORE: I was in top page for those 5 kewyords AFTER No big change, just about one position PENGUIN HIT: third page for those 5 keywords or disappeared COMPETITIVE: my market is Italy, so no competitive like USA, but my keyords are about gambling.
CURIOSITY I am still first for widget keyword1 keyword2, but penguinized for keyword1 keyword2 and the anchor of the purchased backlink is keyword1 keyword2. I'd say Penguin acted like a surgeon in my case.
Msg#: 4452554 posted 4:57 pm on May 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
There is no plural version in my keywords. No I do not have many internal links to those pages. I ranked very good before Penguin with a few internal links. Let's say I have 4 or 5 internal pages that link to www.example.com/widget/kewyord1-keyword2/ Hope to come back, by removing such overoptimazed external pages.