Planet13 - 9:15 pm on Apr 6, 2012 (gmt 0)
I really don't know what to say...
all my competitors, who have massive amounts of spammy links, were left unharmed by the February update and March 23 Panda.
I, on the other hand, who has relied on link begging and most of the anchor text pointing at my site would definitely be considered not optimized, took a tumble.
so if I WERE a link spammer, I don't think that I would be changing my ways any time soon. I might invest in a legitimate site as a backup, but definitely wouldn't give up on the cash cow just yet.