patc - 8:50 am on Apr 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
I missed that. Are you saying that a site was penalized for having too many unnatural links from outside the site?
This is what this sounds like to me: [webmasterworld.com ]
I thought for a minute it was on-page linking but it references 'links to the site' and links 'outside your control' where you should submit a reconsideration request. They didn't even read my request with details of all my unnatural links so this is why it contradicts itself. However I never did get that same message - whether it's one of these new ones or not I don't know.
The single best sentence to read in that response if you believed you were penalized. Changes the way you approach improving the website, at least in the short term, considerably.
Yes, in a way. If you get it, you're with the millions scratching your head as before. If you get the opposite (i.e. you've been slapped on the wrist) that'd be a lot easier to sort out, presumably because the issues will be more obvious, fixing them and then showing 'good faith' and all the other things they ask for in a reconsideration request.
The overriding feeling of receiving the new message is "stop sending us your annoyingly long requests!" so I have to, because seemingly there is no button they can push to resolve my issue, it's algorithmic. I just hope they do cater for situations with spammy backlink profiles & losing site authority by quickly being placed in 'bad neighbourhoods'. Google say you get caught for buying links - I have to assume therefore that that is a manual penalty and not algorithmic because if that's the same filter in the algo, by sending me that message I now have no recourse to Google to sort it out. (even though, I stress again, I haven't ever bought links).
Again, I'd shut up about this if someone who actually knows for certain (Pierre) could just say 'wrong tree' to me...!
For example, if you send a reconsideration request and after 5 days have not got a 'non-manual' response, you can safely assume it's a filter and expect to get some hint about what is tripping the filter.
I don't think you'll get the latter part, mantucket. Once it's algorithmic (edit: an algorithmic filter/penalty I should say), they'd rather you figure it out yourself.