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I did press releases and other stuff (forum posting and ect) to boost my ranking, my ranking is frozen.
Some really dramatic changes to how we use links are on the way. (Sorry I can't say anything more specific. This is a really sensitive area.)(thanks to tristanperry for spotting this.)
I'd go with get more links and try to get back the 0.000012 loss.
its likely you were hit because of your links, so going out and getting the same links you have been getting will only hurt you further. Sure, getting more natural links can help you offset the negative backlinks, but most people stick to a certain way of building backlinks, you're likely buying links
The right advice for our friend Mr Intravino here would be: Did you acquire any links that may be seen as paid? Have you purchased any link packages on link networks or blog theme links or any other type of bulk link deal? Is your content unique and not over optimized? Read the google webmaster guidelines and see if you may be in violation of their tos.
On site changes can make the difference, absolutely.
When you advise a client to "get more links" they take is as just that, they think they need to go get as many links as quickly as they can which usually means getting the wrong kind of links.
TheMadScientist, As far as the post for competitors ranking with links from other sites they own, what does that have to do with anything?
I have read the google webmaster guidelines many times but when a site gets penalized, the first thing I do is read it again to see if anything sticks, I use it as a check list.
I think we can both agree that good SEO is when you get good results.
Focusing on less sites like you mentioned is a great idea, especially today when you really need to pay attention to your sites and not neglect them too much.
Thanks for the kind words and I hope that intravino can take some important information from this thread.
I did check my backlink profile on Webmaster Tools and I found 2800 links from a single forum that I posted around 500 times. It's a forum about electronics that I naturally posted but not for link building, not thinking about my website.