Are any of you experiencing this (regarding the bounce rate affecting our rankings)? [webmasterworld.com...] I firmly believe this could be a potential source of my woes, but there doesn't appear to be any fix! :(
1) I am not sure what tool you are using to find the link counts but none are as accurate as Google themselves.
It is my understanding Google doesn't report them all. I use backlinkwatch.
2) Do you know how many domains redirect to your competitor's domain and how many links do those redirecting domains have?
They have a few different url's that are made specifically for keyword stuffing, duplicating their content to make it appear as though they're separate companies. However, the page images, descriptions, etc are all 100% identical, and the domain whois is private. None of these domains link to eachother. I'm not certain if they have any redirected URLs pointing at their primary site, though. Yes, I did report these domains to Google, Bing etc - yet they still rank highly (the primary site, that is). Occasionally, I see the stuffing websites appear in the results, but nowhere near as frequent as their primary site.
Another site that bounces around the main page for most lucrative keywords, spams on forums (sometimes using their business name, sometimes pretending to be a "visitor" of the site) - these are easy to spot because they use their real names when they are pretending to be visitors.
Are these really "quality" backlinks to Google? If I can spot this stuff as fake, surely the eggheads at Google can.