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Within two weeks we had gone from 1st page listings on all our main search terms to the 5th page.
The agency denies that it was their links and wont contact the blog owners to remove them. We have found the blogs and tried to contact the owners directly but without much success.
None of our sites have duplicate content and we have had the sites indexed succesfully for 3-4 years.
We still havent seen any improvement, if anything we have slipped to the 7th page for some terms.
We've not been "excluded" from Google so not sure if a reinclusion request is required?
Can anyone shed a little more light on this as we are running out of ideas?
[edited by: tedster at 10:19 am (utc) on Aug. 13, 2008]
[edit reason] make agency anonymous [/edit]
ecmedia - we have offered an incentive to a few bloggers to remove the links but in the majority of cases, there is no "Contact Us" option so we cant reach them. As they are blogs, WhoIs details are not usually reliable either.
Will certainly try Reconsideration via Webmaster Tools - what have we got to lose?