Planet13 - 4:48 pm on Jun 6, 2012 (gmt 0)
So, reading this. If you got the WMT inorganic links message you get a way to come back. If you didn't you get no clues at all?
If you get the inorganic link message, then a manual action is about to be imposed / is being imposed (from what I can tell).
If you don't get the message, or if you file a reconsideration request and you are told that no manual action was taken, then you are being affected by one of the algo changes (Panda, penguin, or another).
Would high quality article submissions, with a plain URL link in the footer (no anchor text), be considered an unnatural link by Google?
I would assume yes, it would be considered inorganic.
I am assuming that ANY link that you can control placement of, whether paid for or not, would be considered inorganic.
will there be a manual action? Who knows. will it "punished" by Panda / Penguin? Again, who knows?
Just my two cents: If it were high quality, I would rather have it on my OWN site than on someone else's site. Maybe I am drinking the "just have great content" Kool Aid though.
Also, I think it is important to note that Matt cutts said that they are not using the term "penalty" any more, but instead are using the words "manual action."
I DON'T think this change was made because there were no more penalties being applied.
I think this might be so as to clarify whether a "penalty" was initiated by the algo, or whether it was initiated by a manual action.
to me, the fact that they are using the words "manual action" instead of penalty means that google employees themselves are confused about what the algos are capable of / responsible for doing, and need some clarification.