jasonpoxxon - 12:44 pm on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
I received this message on the 14th March much to my disarray!
I noticed an instant drop that day in rankings but nothing catastrophic:
4 > 7
7 > 12
18 > 24
8 > 10
The website is 10 months old and has what I would describe as a very clean post-penguin link profile:
- 61 linking domains, only three KW anchored links in total
- Good, relevant websites linking
I believe I have identified the cause for this message:
I sponsor two websites (same WM) that are great sites, relevant and good for branding by association.
The WM put a list of a few links in the sidebar under a headline: 'Sponsors'
Our links we dofollow and said:
"Thanks to OurName LTD"
I contacted the WM immediately after this message as I suspected this might be the problem and asked her to add 'nofollow' to the links, which she has done.
She also said another one of her sponsors got a WMT links message - so further indicates this was at the minimum part of the problem.
I am unsure whether I should inform Google of this action or just leave it and proceed as normal now.
Those who got this message back in July 2012 - Did you see drops? If so, how long after? What did you do?
Would really appreciate any thoughts! It's been a stressful weekend!