patc - 7:38 pm on Apr 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
mantucket... LOL indeed.
I had thought of flying over (am in UK) and holding a one man protest with placards like a mad idiot... my partner is almost actively encouraging that after putting up with 3 months of complete stressout on my part.
I hasten to add, I have analysed this to death - yet scared to post on the official forum because of the seeming spam target, worried it would just add fuel to the fire - but I have used dozens of threads and info from elsewhere to get me to the point I am now. I have covered every single potential problem the site can have.
There are two answers to the issues:
1. It's our fault, our sites just aren't ranking as well as they used to. Build great content and the ranks will return
2. Point 1 is a Google Webmaster Forum smokescreen - the ranks vanished, not dissipated over time... this is a filter, I have now fully produced a tin foil hat (according to the 'Senior' people in the forum) and someone has successfully screwed me over.
Coupled with the fact someone registered <mydomain>yo.com and stole my front page in December, then sent 30,000 people to it in a day from a very dodgy neighbourhood (the front page has a <base href="http://mydomain.com"> in it, so all the outgoing links on the stolen page pointed to my site), and the newfound discovery of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of nasty links plastered all over dodgy forums, I'm inclined to believe point 2 after 3 agonising months of solid analysis.