indyank - 4:32 pm on Jul 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
diberry, Have all those external sidebar links from blogs been removed? I do know that you mentioned none of them were solicited links but were natural.Unfortunately, Google animals would definitely not be able to know it.
I also feel that you might not have received any real mileage from those blog sidebar links even prior to the release of Google animals but would have definitely attracted "site wide action" (as distinguished from "targeted action") from the animals. IMO, a "site wide action" is definitely penalizing in nature. What else could it be?