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Bouncing back from linking to a spammy site



2:48 pm on Feb 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I added one of those free polls to a client's site a few weeks back, and today I was supposed to remove it. Then I noticed something I somehow missed when I copied and pasted the original snippet of code to their site: there was a 1 pixel graphic linking to an online casino and there was alternate image text with gambling keywords.

For it's target keywords, I noticed that the site had dropped from #4 to page one of Google, to #11. It consistently ranked well for several years, so I can only imagine that linking to a bad neighborhood got it hit with penalties. I removed the poll, but is the damage done? Will the site bounce back from this?

7:08 pm on Feb 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I would expect it to return. I'm confident that slipping to #11 is not a penalization, just a common drop in rankings.
9:44 am on Feb 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Just keep working to get back to where you were. That really sucks.. It makes me want to check everything on my site!
6:19 am on Feb 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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DXL be aware there was an update in the SERPs in the last few days so it could have been that too, when did u ad it and when did you remove it?

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