atlrus - 1:32 pm on Jul 29, 2012 (gmt 0)
This whole situation with penalizing for bad links is extremely frustrating and down right idiotic.
I have gotten both types of messages and after downloading the "latest links" from the WMT I saw thousands of links to our website from Polish domains. We don't do business in Poland, but I know of competitors from that country and I would not be surprised if it's their doing. Those websites are blatantly spammy and I couldn't even begin to envision how to work this out. We have clearly been punished for it, since our most popular pages rank sporadically, while very niche pages are doing just fine.
What can I do? Nothing. I could try the reconsideration request, but I don't see what Google would do, certainly they would not fine-comb my links to remove those Polish spammers and even if they somehow did - what would happen tomorrow, when another batch of them has been crawled?!? Would the infamous "disavow tool" help me, if it ever shows up? Not likely, I just don't have the time to disavow thousands of links every day.
I also have many site-wide links from other websites in our industry. Would I dare forfeit this free advertising and popularity boost in exchange for some vague reconsideration from Google? I think not.
So I am basically hosed, but thank God for Bing :)