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On April 1st my personal blog was used in a political April fools joke. The April fools joke made it on Fox News, several news papers, and the post got linked to from 200 sites. In that 200 there were 3 or 4 PR7 sites, a bunch of PR6 sites and the rest were between PR0 and PR5.
The strange thing was that last week all but a handful of the pages on my site went supplemental. What was worse than that was that I had 50% of my pages that were dropped from the index. Even now I have a ton of pages that are no longer in the google index. Though, pages look to be slowly coming back.
What gives? Do you think that google thought I was spamming because of the massive amount of inbounds I received?
But if not, another explanation could be this...
Didn't your content - as a byproduct of the visitor boom - end up on a lot of other sites quoting yours? If any of those has higher trust, your own entry ( which was the homepage at that time if I understand correctly ) might have been seen as duplicate. Links could not have saved it either, not that fast.
This is not a confirmation, just a suspicion.
My question is, what is preventing someone else from doing this to my site and taking me out of the rankings? If you look at davidgid's case, he has no control over who links to him and now his site is suffering because of the "link spam".
As far as spamming a competitor I am not sure how you would do that. The one or two pages that were heavily linked to have performed very well.