diberry - 3:22 pm on Sep 16, 2012 (gmt 0)
Thanks for this, brinked. I've been reading you for years, and really appreciate your expertise on this topic - which is one I certainly don't understand well enough.
Brinked, you keep mentioning incidents where you fixed a penalty issue, and withing days/couple of weeks, your rankings came back. That suggests that if I make a change and my rankings don't come back within a couple of weeks, I still haven't addressed the real problem Google has with my site. But is this still true post Panda and Penguin? The usual assumption has been that you can't possibly see recovery until those algos get re-run. Also, there's the patent about changing a site's rankings just to confuse the webmaster so they won't know which changes are working (or not). Do you think we should always expect to see a quick rankings return if we've made the right change?
If all of your links come from blogs, that looks pretty artificial, what are the odds that all of the sites linking to you all happen to be blogs?
Actually, in any tight niche where you get a lot of bloggers chatting about a topic no one else cares about - say, Mommy blogging or a specific tech niche - it's not unusual to have a strong majority of backlinks coming from other bloggers. One would hope Google can figure that out, though. Just sayin'.
Several of my clients have bought out their competitors and we're redirected the old sites to my clients' sites; it's never been a problem. I have two I oversee now and it's still not a problem. This happens quite often in some of the niches where I am active.
Thanks, netmeg, because I was just going to point out that buying out competitors and NOT developing their business is a standard offline procedure from time immemorial. The online equivalent would be a redirect, and it would be about getting actual customers, not improving ranking.