fathom - 3:18 pm on Apr 4, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: fathom at 3:38 pm (utc) on Apr 4, 2012]
And that's completely ignoring your implication that he might just be "stupid".
Amazingly enough... we are all a little stupid. 95% of what happens is hidden from us so we all assume alot to begin with.
"how do you account for..."
I'm of the belief "if you think you are going to die... you'll usually find a way to achieve it"... Loosely translated, if we believe something so strongly we we fill that belief even if what we find isn't true to start with.
If I understand things now he doesn't have traffic and this is new it has nothing to do with paid links (today) because:
1. he removed the paid links
2. someone developed new spammy links for him and this is the new cause
...and if you research PANDA you will note that website lose & and gain and lose again all the time.
I don't have a clue... I'm not privy to the website, data, or Google accounts or even Google itself... but then again you don't have that stuff as well so you can't really account for anything either... and it does not matter whether we make good guesses or bad guesses... they are all just guesses.
Since his problem remains... the likely occurrence with the paid links were coincidental... at least now they are 100% immaterial to the current problem.
[edited by: fathom at 3:38 pm (utc) on Apr 4, 2012]