joined:Jan 4, 2001
I've just discovered that back in 2010 a SEO consultant placed 33 articles (plus spun variants) into an article & blog submission network. The network stats are reporting those articles have been distributed almost 10,000 times. Yikes!
The linked-to sites have not received a manual action message in GWT, or warnings of unnatural link profiles, but the sites definitely took a big hit with the first Penguin. So an algo induced problem related to links seems likely.. hence the focus on this issue.
All the articles have now been deleted from the network to stop further spread but it will be impossible to track down the 10,000 sites now carrying those articles and individually ask for a link removal…. and the chances of that happening even when there is a contact is not good. You just know that most of this is going to be auto-generated, bottom feeding crud.
So how can you nullify the effects of EXISTING links generated from article submission networks? A reconsideration request advising that the offending articles have been deleted and membership of the network has been terminated seems a bit far removed from the framework of the RR format.