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If you received a message yesterday about unnatural links to your site, donít panic. In the past, these messages were sent when we took action on a site as a whole. Yesterday, we took another step towards more transparency and began sending messages when we distrust some individual links to a site. While itís possible for this to indicate potential spammy activity by the site, it can also have innocent reasons...
However, we do realize that some links are outside of your control. As a result, for this specific incident we are taking very targeted action on the unnatural links instead of your site as a whole.
If I am reading this correctly - Google will simply discount the links, instead of penalizing your website. God, I hope I am reading this correctly :)
[edited by: crobb305 at 1:36 pm (utc) on Jul 24, 2012]
I mentioned the alternative distinction in my previous post.
[edited by: tedster at 8:49 pm (utc) on Jul 24, 2012]
[edit reason] override the automatic linking [/edit]
Yes, www and non-www are treated at least partially separately. You need to register both in WMT.
Google notifies you to register them separately only when you choose a preferred domain in WMT settings.
But why does google continue to treat them as separate entities even when you 301 redirect one to the other?
g1smd, you are right that google treats them separately but Google notifies you to register them separately only when you choose a preferred domain in WMT settings
[edited by: tedster at 1:44 pm (utc) on Jul 28, 2012]