fathom - 1:55 am on Apr 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
How anyone could read that discussion there and then conclude that you can't do that to just about any URL owned by an average Webmaster here
I didn't read everything but the above quote - "you can't".
In the event of a "firm" the left hand often does not know what the right hand is doing.
In the event of an SEO Practitioner... unless you are investing 10s of thousands of dollars each month for some firm to "just make your website great"... chances are they all greasing links that you would not normally get... if you would not normally get these you can concluded those are paid for.
In the event of "I am the only person involved in the proactive SEO of my site"... well you are the only one to blame (I'll agree) but often we get tunnel vision on our own deliverables. e.g. I don't build doorway pages, this are called see pages... or I don't pay links I built satellite sites... or I don't have any unnatural links to my website I'm only traded links for 10 years... or we only build social bookmarks and there isn't anything spammy in my 1,000 accounts at digg, facebook, etc.
All of those are link spam and all are 100% unnatural.
I view this from the vantagepoint of driving. I have driven since I was 16 years old, over 500 cars, a dozen trucks, a bus, a skidoo, a few boats, military ships and a submarine. I know how to drive... but I have no clue what occurs under the hood.
You have no idea what Google can and can't determine whether it's manual or automated... so I don't trust your competence to determine what anyone's can do.
John Mu suggests:
...it's always possible that something was noticed incorrectly on our side, and you're welcome to submit a reconsideration request with that feedback (from what I've seen, those situations are very, very rare though). Also, when talking to publishers and SEOs, I sometimes hear of situations where one side wasn't fully aware of what other people on the team were doing with a website -- I'm sure that's not commonly the case, but it can happen (and has surprised us internally as well, as you can imagine). Either way, I'd recommend still taking a look at the links and seeing if there isn't something that can be resolved -- just like you would with other issues surrounding a website.
Very, very rare and I'm sure... are strong indications that there is something else you've missed.