Leosghost - 8:00 pm on Aug 17, 2012 (gmt 0)
An SEO pro from this forum looked at my site and was mystified. I've never really done any SEO. I have four sites that are similar but in different niches and only one of them was hit. The biggest difference? The hit site had a lot of genuine, editorial outbound links.
I think you said somewhere that these links linked out were from a "resource" area or pages ?
Yep.. found it ;)..
I know I'm scared to give out genuine editorial links on the scale I used to. My site that got hit by Penguin was very like three other sites I run, except the hit site used to have "resource pages" full of carefully chosen and constantly updated links readers found useful. That was the only thing an SEO pro who looked at my site could come up with to explain the Penguin hit, and so I removed most of the links on those pages, and I'm linking out minimally these days.
An SEO pro from this forum looked at my site and was mystified.
Someone who knew what they were doing would not be "mystified" ;-)..
Multiple links out from a distinct area of a site..reads like you are selling links from the resource area(s)..
In Google's eyes, selling links, is Google's job via adwords..
What you were/are doing, fits the profile of clumsy link selling, ( not saying you are selling links, but clumsy link sellers do it that way, amongst others ) so you got "dinged"..you are now on the "naughty step"..
Easy to add or remove a link for money from somewhere like that..
Much harder to incorporate a link into the body of your textual content, means re-writing the content to place the link..links out from within the body of content, in phrases or sentences that make sense are far more likely to be natural..G knows that..
So does a "good" SEO..
Tend to agree with TypicalSurfer..;)