fathom - 9:46 pm on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
I don't think I am allowed to post a direct link to the case studies.
A legitimate case study.. sure why not?
But I will provide you some final stats for one of them and a snippet you can use to find it on your own, if you so choose.
The goal - test if blasting 100s of thousands links each day can penalize site or help it?
Site 1 - Wikipedia Page - position 3 (starting position = 4)
Site 2 - Government Site - 258 (starting position = 36)
Site 3 - Small Private Site - Not in top500 (starting position = 42)
Every website not whitelisted is vulnerable to external forces outside of their control. I believe this because I have watched many of these case studies with interest, and they all end in some unknown website being driven into oblivion.
Did the government website (example NASA) and the small private site rank for millions of competitive phrases to start with that shows the three domains were equal in opening comparisons minus whitelist status?
I find it odd that your test case sort of suggest the testing of Negative SEO and puts forwards a hypothesis that maybe wikipedia is whitelisted but you did not start with a confirmation on that point so I cannot see how you can conclude whitelisting is the causation of near null impact.
I did not try the case study but maybe wikipedia massive amount of quality trumped your inadequate value of quantity.
How did you resolve that?
You likely proved that most websites are vulnerable but when the internal linking structure dwarfs your test parameters you do not get conclusive data thus the lack of supporting data but that does not confirm anything other than inconclusive results.
Your saying I don`t have the ability to test this not - I tested this.
I won't discuss this any further with you fathom. My opinion is formed by evidence whereas yours appears to subjectively based on biased interpretations of what Google employees say. Such statements by Google employees are not evidence but merely public statements that are in direct conflict with everything I have witnessed.
The problem with a 2 + 2 = 4 equation you don`t have that... you have _____________________ = 4 and you pretend the 2+2 is all that exists on the other side.