tedster - 12:04 am on Feb 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
This thread was an exception to our usual rule [webmasterworld.com] - and that is "no posting example links" and "no analysis of specific websites." The experiment has been educational in several way - but we're not going to expose any other websites, thanks.
Anyone who is analyzing SERPs regularly has got to find many, many, many link examples that raise their eyebrows. The thing is, you cannot really tell how any individual link is actualy being scored by Google. They have a whole spectrum of possibilities they can use, and they are not all penalties.
So the question about Overstock.com is answered pretty well - and we are definitely not going to look into any other specific backlinks.