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Anyone else seeing increase in phantom crawl errors last night/today?
we were receiving so many take down requests from websites who had received unnatural link notices from google
in case anyone was still wondering whether Google was punishing them for innocent backlinks.
Have you considered the possibility that the site owners requesting takedowns were simply reacting (or, in some cases, overreacting) to the consequences of what were unnatural link-building tactics?
I thought that was what the internet was all about!
[edited by: aakk9999 at 11:15 am (utc) on Jan 29, 2014]
The way our pages are written, we are definitely providing good traffic for all these external sites from targeted interested surfers. I thought that was what the internet was all about!
The new Google SEO isn't quality, it is avoiding penalty, which is getting more and more like trying to stay on the right side of a mad dictator.Not so. It is rather:
The new Google SEO isn't quality, it is avoiding penalty, which is getting more and more like trying to keep under the radar of a greedy monopolist corporation.
I see a lot of sites deleting and added "nofolow" to old links left and right since penguin, I would guess this is probably widespread and your PR probably went down because of this natural behaviour that's going on throughout the web right now, unless you can verify you have the exact same amount of follow links I would guess this could be the cause of your drop.
Conversely, new sites with a whole lot of truly unnatural links don't get clobbered until they are picked up in the next iteration of Penguin, so what dominates the current SERPS is a mixture of older high-authority sites and new rubbish. Sprinkled into this mixture - at least in my sector - is a dusting of sites that wouldn't know SEO if it bit them, so there is nothing on or off page to penalise.