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Let's go back to Penguin recovery tips, of which there are none easy logical ones for an average small business. Except maybe develop more good links where Google found bad ones, quickly and in numbers. Which, apparently, Google dislikes. And at this point black hats are reporting being able to successfully nuke sites at will thru simple linkfarms.
[edited by: tedster at 2:34 pm (utc) on Jun 24, 2012]
One thing that I was thinking about, the sites that you have that have this pattern, is this pattern on a lot of pages or only on a small number of them? Do the sites have a lot of pages? If you had to think in percentage terms, about what percent of the pages have this pattern?
Many CMS have this issue where the list of articles for example link to the page with the link anchor the same as either title or h1 of the page. Yet these sites all rank differently and you cannot isolate this as being a sole factor.
Do you think that the search engines can tell if the website is using a CMS or if the internal link and title tag were created by someone, and if it is the latter and occurs many times, it is seen as over optimization?Do you think they care nowadays?
I have read that if a page has two links going to another page only one of them is used and, in this case, since the navigation link appears first, that is the one that counts.
I didn't try to build/manipulate my links at all, so naturally a lot of well-intentioned little websites linked to me with my domain name as anchor text. I don't know if this is what triggered Penguin, but I wonder.
I have a website that has a link in the footer to the homepage in the form www.example.tld (so all the pages on the site have this link), and I have the same link in my contact page's body text in my signature:
I am wondering if this might be Penguin over optimization: too many links going to a page with the same anchor text and I wanted to know if it might be good to change the signature to:
I would appreciate your thoughts as I think the way I have it now, even though it is not my intention, I might be over optimizing.
I've seen plenty of sites that do that and were not hurt by Penguin at all.