adder - 11:50 am on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: Robert_Charlton at 9:20 pm (utc) on Aug 16, 2013]
Interesting this: I've since looked at a couple of examples of both sites having received the "bad" messages and the "lenient" messages.
When you go to WMT -> Search Traffic -> Manual Actions
The sites that are only affected by the algo actions (Penguin, Panda) will have this: "No manual web spam actions found." (sorry for stating the obvious!)
The sites with the "bad" message will have received further details under the subtitle "Site-wide Matches"
The sites with the "lenient" message will have "NONE" under the "Site-wide Matches" subtitle but it will have some details under the "Partial Matches" subtitle.
In both cases there are a couple of sample links on the right-hand panel to give you an idea as to what types of links to target.
Surprisingly (or not surprisingly?) I've seen Press Release links in the examples section. Also, the "SEO-friendly" directories.
I think, the message is clear. Matt Cutts has hinted on numerous occasions that using PR sites for SEO purposes is a bad idea.
So, it would be advisable for everyone to go and remove all the old press releases you've submitted. Or at least deactivate the "anchored" links. Here's a good thread if you want to compare your ideas regarding press releases: [webmasterworld.com...]
Lately, I've been deleting any press releases within 1-2 months after the publication date. If you want them archived, that's what the "Media" section on your website is for. (What, you don't have a media section?)
There's no reason for old press releases to hang around. They are valid during the first couple of weeks when you have a chance of a journalist picking it up. After that, simply get rid of it!
Any other experiences with the WMT messages? I'm sure the people on here would appreciate some more input :)
[edit reason] fixed typo (as discussed in next post) [/edit]
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 9:20 pm (utc) on Aug 16, 2013]