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Yes seeing a rollback of sorts across a number of sites! Is it just me or is it every time people on this forum are happy/not moaning about an update its either rolled back or the knob is turned higher till the complaining starts?
The neg SEO industry is now thriving and I suspect many of the SEO's G wants to put out of business will become neg seo's, its a joke m8!
It is....actually these kinds of scams are so so easy to perpetrate - cheap hosting, free directory templates, scrape an existing directory, make sure all links are dofollow, place PayPal buttons next to each link, rinse and repeat by creating many of these toxic directories. You could build hundreds of these neg-SEO directories and just wait for the PayPal payments to come in. You know what? Perhaps we really should do it (seriously). It would be anarchy if webmasters wrecked Google's link graph in this way.
To early to know if it will stick.My fear exactly ! Currently I notice -
I think it's been almost 8 months since the last Penguin update. Maybe they've been working on it to try to fix it -- at least I hope that's the reason for the delay.
penguin is against pure spam. So, why would google want them to recover at all?
As it is, an alogrithm that penalises sites for what other people do is a Spammers' Charter.