Sgt_Kickaxe - 6:56 pm on May 31, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: Sgt_Kickaxe at 7:17 pm (utc) on May 31, 2011]
Bill, Matt Cutts has fully debunked this story? Tedster, questioning LockerGnome editorial practives?
I don't know, something doesn't sit quite right and a lack of more evidence doesn't help, for or against.
I got a tip from someone at Google who indicated Google was penalizing [url snip] with some new measurements that penalize email behaviors for domains
That's a mighty strong claim to be making. Personally if a site didn't lose traffic in April I would change nothing but if it did, and you have an email subscription service (feedburner, aweber, whatever) that has a low rate of opening OR sends out copies of your content it might be wise to temporarily shut it down (or dramatically improve it) and see what happens. You'll have to wait until there is a consensus that Google has re-run their "Panda quality measuring stick application" but still. Can't hurt.
by Matt Cutts
Just to make it concrete, it looks like you're talking about your site, right? And I believe a few years ago, your site linked to some lower-quality sites, the sort of sites that bought a lot of links. So the manual webspam team had taken manual action to trust your site less. Your site still ranked fine; we just didn't trust your links because of the sites you were linking to a few years ago.
Manual reviews seem to be more a norm than Google leads to believe imo. I don't think Matt is a liar nor do I suspect Jake is out to get Google but this is business, the truth is likely somewhere in between.
[edited by: Sgt_Kickaxe at 7:17 pm (utc) on May 31, 2011]