crobb305 - 11:32 am on Mar 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
Can you explain this a little more. The redirects are on your content pages? Links from your url should not be redirecting a user something isn't right.
I can try to clarify what I mean. The redirect that I mentioned doesn't occur on my domain, it occurs on the pages that link to my site. I recently downloaded all of my links from GWT and created a pivot table based on discovery date. Coincidentally, on the day that I received my unnatural links warning, Google "discovered" thousands of spam links to my site. These links are mainly .ru, .pl. and .edu, and they all redirect to the same spammy lead generation page which tells me that they were created by the same person/organization. So far, my disavow list contains over 7,000 urls of that type.
It shouldn't be your responsibility to have to disavow spammy backlinks that other people create. The Google algorithm should take care of this on its own by simply disregarding such backlinks. Otherwise it would be easy for other people to sabotage your site's Google rankings by creating a lot of spammy backlinks to it.
I agree. Although, my disavow list seems to have been sufficient to get the manual penalty revoked. Unfortunately, after 3 weeks, I have only seen a very small increase in traffic (despite an enormous uptick in persistent spidering). I am still seeing new links being discovered, so I am wondering if I need to be updating the disavow list -- or if I should leave it as-is (since Google already revoked the manual penalty).
This seems to be a clear link attack that also affected my competitors. I know there are no easy answers, I was just hoping to hear some experiences with the disavow tool. My gut tells me to leave it as-is, for now, but I hate to see these new links to my site being discovered without being more proactive (about 2,000 new links in just the past 2 weeks). Perhaps it will just take a Penguin update to see improvement (if any).