onlinesource - 3:38 pm on Sep 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
That said, considering you've been buying SEO services for the site, it's likely -- though not positive -- that it is Penguin-related, as one of the easiest SEO "services" is getting a bunch of spammy backlinks for a site. So, the first step should be to check your backlink profile for any "unnatural" links your SEO companies built for you.
Thanks man. Again to recap, I've had this domain for almost 6 years now. Fact is, we did not rank overnight.. it took time. In the beginning, when the process was frustrating I remember my partner saying something to me like, "hey, I found this guy online... 100 backlinks for $20" I think he signed up for it. At the time, we were both clueless. Again, we began to rank... so neither of us had any clue that those links could have been damaging someday.
Somebody wrote me here and was kind enough to point out AwStats in CPANEL and I got a list of referring links. We have a ton of .ru links that I believe Google sees as spammy links. Not sure why the manual action feature in Webmaster Tools doesn't pull this up (it could be why my SEO guy has ignored them). If links are not reported as "manual actions", should I just assume they may look bad but aren't bad? Or would I be wise to remove all links that appear to be on russian servers or even adult sites? How can I tell what backlinks hurt or help me? What is strange is, I'm checking some of these now and don't see our links.
*** Now I have to explain to my girlfriend that my browsing history is all work related. haha ***