fred9989 - 10:06 am on Jun 20, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 2:34 pm (utc) on Jun 24, 2012]
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Let's go back to Penguin recovery tips, of which there are none easy logical ones for an average small business. Except maybe develop more good links where Google found bad ones, quickly and in numbers. Which, apparently, Google dislikes. And at this point black hats are reporting being able to successfully nuke sites at will thru simple linkfarms.
I don't think it's quite so simple. I had / have a number of sites in dmoz, the open directory (remember that!?), whole categories of which were targeted by spammers for some nefarious purpose. End result - sudden gain of hundreds of spammy inlinks to my sites.
While not quite sure what they were up to (possibly testing the idea of nuking sites, if I had to take a guess), and I can't really be bothered to find out, what I know is that of my 5 sites which fell into the category they attacked, Google has treated them differently.
Three were deindexed to varying degrees: one has been completely deindexed, obliterated; another is showing just the url in Google when I look for the domain. A third shows a couple of pages.
The two that survived this attack and appear not to have been affected, as far as I can tell, already had lots of solid links garnered over 12 years.
One possible conclusion is that having solid links already (or a history) gives protection against spam attacks.
[edited by: tedster at 2:34 pm (utc) on Jun 24, 2012]