McMohan - 5:53 am on Mar 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
@AnkitMaheshwari, that makes sense, if only to confirm your theory.
I don't really want to test it on anyone, even to a competitor
I appreciate your ethics, but since you were able to get back your ranks after removing those links, I don't think you should have any scruples in testing it out on competitors.
If nothing comes out of linking to your competitor, then you can safely assume, Google somehow has established relationship with that network of sites you manage.
You can run, but you can't hide.