crobb305 - 1:18 pm on Jul 24, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: crobb305 at 1:36 pm (utc) on Jul 24, 2012]
However, we do realize that some links are outside of your control. As a result, for this specific incident we are taking very targeted action on the unnatural links instead of your site as a whole.
If I am reading this correctly - Google will simply discount the links, instead of penalizing your website. God, I hope I am reading this correctly :)
This is also how I read it; however, what about entire sites that seem to have been previously penalized (subsequent to Penguin 1.0, the site doesn't rank #1 for its own name and is supplemental for snippets of content)? Maybe the next Penguin refresh will reduce the severity of the penalty, particularly for the site owners who have done some link cleanup. We are going on 2 months since the last Penguin refresh.
I am just returning from a 10 day vacation (needed to get away from the computer), so just catching up on all the news in WebmasterWorld. I am trying not to ask redundant questions. It still sounds like a big mess with these link messages.
[edited by: crobb305 at 1:36 pm (utc) on Jul 24, 2012]