romerome - 5:48 pm on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
Also I still don't understand why G doesnt simply take the domain out of their algo (except for large sites so they dont look stupid when someone googles apple). That would make more sense than throwing out site wide penalities.
I wonder if what is happening is that if a site is bluewidgets.com. The idea would be that you would have a lot of links with the anchor text "bluewidgets" or "bluewidgets.com". In the past EMD sites were protected from over optimization penalities related to anchor text and now they are not. So its basically an old filter being applied to a new set of sites.
That would explain why some non EMD sites were hit. Google has no way of knowing what an EMD site is.
So the old rule was
"If we see the same anchor text repeatedly take down that site unless that anchor text is their domain"
new rule is
"If we see the same anchor text repeatedly take down that site"
Not saying this was the best solution for how to deal with EMD's. I am just saying its possible this is what G did.