crobb305 - 11:57 pm on May 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
ETA: and just to keep the weirdness coming, LOL, some blog has just sent me about 20 links. They're going through people's sites and creating blog posts that consist of a photo (stock in my case) and the first paragraph of the article. It's probably autoblogging, but it's actually fair use, which is really weird. I mean, I can't file a DCMA request because they haven't copied the whole article or stolen original photos from me. But this is just what I needed, right? Mounds of super crappy, uber-suspicious-looking inbounds, LOL. Sigh.
This is the problem with Penguin. Whoever at Google dreamed up this unnatural link penalty/filter hasn't studied the phenomenon of link scraping. That is, webmasters/bots that scrape the web for links to insert into their crap content to make it appear authoritative. I even see .edus linking to me in this way. Unsolicited, unpaid. This problem exists all across the web, especially in competitive industries. I have a fairly new website that has already been scraped dozens of times, with "unnatural links", and I have yet to even ask a single person for a link.
The internet is full of unnatural links, but it does NOT warrant a penalty (particularly for aged, branded, trusted, and verified websites) -- and by penalty, I mean you don't even rank outside the supplemental index for snippets of your own content or in the top 5 for your company name. I gave up trying to have those "unnatural links" removed. It's impossible, particularly those links that appear on abandoned websites, blogs, and in auto-generated content. Emails requesting link removal go unanswered, and one lady asked me to pay for removal. Incidentally, the concept of "natural links" isn't new. For years, people have been soliciting links that don't anchor with money phrases (instead asking for 'click here', domain name, yada yada). Therefore, some seemingly "natural" backlink profiles are, in fact, unnatural (crafted by design). Likewise, some seemingly unnatural profiles, are indeed, natural.
I see this too. In fact, I see it mostly for content further down the page. It's as if Google stops spidering the page at some point. Content further up is in the supplemental index.
I notice that when you google a unique senetence (more than 15 words ) from the penguinized page it does not show up. Does anyone have the same issue