I was hoping I could get everyone's thoughts on a particular issue in regards penguin. I have two sites that got hit that I am finally getting around to trying to take a look at the link signals.
Both sites are someactivityonline.tld which at least pre-penguin suggested that they were about "Some Activity" hence ranked for the keyword in addition to "Some Activity Online". Penguin wiped the rankings out on one site (doesn't even appear) and the 2nd site it smacked me down a page or so.
So looking at the link profile of the site that took a beating, I can hazard a guess at "spammy links". Now I think the common thinking is that Penguin has something to do with the incoming anchor text variations. So I have a couple of really crappy sites linking to me which may or may not be a problem. They are abandoned blogs with no way to contact the webmaster.
So here is the question, The anchor text of these sites is the name of my website "Some Activity Online". So at least to me I would think that would count as a "proper link" even if the source is crappy. Pre-Penguin at least with my limited understanding, these low quality links were simply ignored rather than penalized.
I guess my question is what do you think? Is it worth tearing my hair out over it? Or do you think its probably not the issue and look elsewhere?
. Mod's note: Changed .com to .tld, just in case the dot come version was actually owned.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:00 pm (utc) on Sep 11, 2012]