robster124 - 10:02 pm on Aug 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
I run a informational site for certain business types. For some business pages I link to the business myself and also allow the business in question to submit a manually-reviewed link to themselves. As a large (mostly) dynamic website I code for each link and link the business with anchor text "Business name widget seller".
For the last week since the manual penalty notice has come out in WMT I have received a handful of emails from business owners saying they have been told by Google that they have "unnatural" links from my site. I removed the 6th link to a business today as any good webmaster would after being asked to do so. But if I receive a torrent of requests then a) it might become too much for me to do and b) destroy a lot of value I have put on my site.
To me this is absolutely bonkers. The links are clearly 100% integral to each listing just as a phone number or email is and I can see a situation where I start removing them in droves in the not so distant future. This destroys not only value on my website but well directed traffic to the business!
If this becomes a big problem my only thought is to change the anchor text to the URL itself but that seems a pretty dramatic step. After all the anchor I'm using at the moment is accurate and a help to my users.
Has anyone had similar experience? And can I expect a penalty on my site (the site is currently doing very well and no sign of that at all)?
My personal opinion is that this is a really sad state of affairs for the web in general and not to mention a massive waste of my time.