mrguy - 10:36 pm on Apr 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
Otherwise, Google isn't smart enough to see through a $200 buck scam. Do you really buy that?
Actually, yes only I believe Google is ďto smartĒ.
Over the years, Iíve had the pleasure of working with some very smart engineers in various fields. Many times, their own smartness blinded to them to what was actually taking place when they implemented their plans and it actually took workers like us who donít have PHDs to point out to them the flaws in their perfect thinking. They would then have that moment of clarity and go, oh.. your right.
I see this happening with Google. They think of things in their own perfect little world and we have seen time and time again that things donít work out as they plan.
Do I think a $200 trick would take down a solid authority site, of course not. But it could certainly take out a site that might have some issues and is not yet established itself as a trusted source.
Whether or not the OP did this to himself, I donít know. But, it is possible to conduct a negative campaign if the conditions are right and Google would not pick up on it.