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    Matt Cutts says not to worry about the new batch of unnatural link warnings.


    The following quote is from Matt Cutts' G+ page:

    If you received a message yesterday about unnatural links to your site, don’t panic. In the past, these messages were sent when we took action on a site as a whole. Yesterday, we took another step towards more transparency and began sending messages when we distrust some individual links to a site. While it’s possible for this to indicate potential spammy activity by the site, it can also have innocent reasons. For example, we may take this kind of targeted action to distrust hacked links pointing to an innocent site. The innocent site will get the message as we move towards more transparency, but it’s not necessarily something that you automatically need to worry about.

    If we've taken more severe action on your site, you’ll likely notice a drop in search traffic, which you can see in the “Search queries” feature Webmaster Tools for example. As always, if you believe you have been affected by a manual spam action and your site no longer violates the Webmaster Guidelines, go ahead and file a reconsideration request. It’ll take some time for us to process the request, but you will receive a followup message confirming when we’ve processed it.
    I bolded what I thought were the interesting parts. That really sucks for webmasters who got the message. It's like Google is saying, "HEY! We noticed something unnatural in your link profile, but don't worry - you don't need to do anything about it. But hey, if you suddenly lose rankings then yeah, you should start doing something."

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    • DarrenHaye agrees : Just checked and phew, didn't get a warning.
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    Originally Posted by Dr.Marie
    The following quote is from Matt Cutts' G+ page:



    I bolded what I thought were the interesting parts. That really sucks for webmasters who got the message. It's like Google is saying, "HEY! We noticed something unnatural in your link profile, but don't worry - you don't need to do anything about it. But hey, if you suddenly lose rankings then yeah, you should start doing something."
    Hi Marie,

    When was this? What he described was very close to my experience a couple of months ago.

    I suspect they are just adding a new method of applying the best tool in their armoury - "fear" has always been their best friend and this message helps spread the fear about a bit more liberally.

    On the upside, lots of iffy SEO company clients will get the message and put companies under pressure to clean up their act.

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    • Dr.Marie agrees : That message from Matt Cutts just appeared in his Google Plus feed about an hour ago.
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    Part of a comment from someone called Meg

    Oh for crying out loud. There's absolutely no excuse for using the SAME MESSAGE in every situation.
    ^ that is very true, why don't they just do that tsk.
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    DarrenHaye agrees: Just checked and phew, didn't get a warning.
    Quickly checked my WMT again too! And relax!
    Last edited by Belfast; Jul 20th, 2012 at 06:12 PM.
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    Yeah if you get a message from the Google spam team, don't worry about it, you might lose your house and your family might starve but it's ok they changed the rules and now you're screwed.

    Oh well.

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    • europa agrees : K.P...you are great! Got a room for me BTW? LOL!!
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    There may be a design bug in your new car. Don't worry about it unless your car catches on fire and it blows up. What a bunch of jerks.
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    Keep your arms and hands inside...the ride has just started.

    I still don't believe the information coming from the other camp.
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    Personally I think it's all a conspiracy. I think they randomly chose websites to send the message to. The result? Stir up fear and make it so that everyone is totally afraid to build links. Then, in a perfect world (in Google's eyes) sites will rank on true merit and actual natural links as opposed to an SEO's linkbuilding effort.

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    • EGOL agrees : Then they should remove links from the algo.
    • eddyf agrees : His comment to not worry makes no sense. Then why send a notice? It really sounds like a campaign to discourage ANY link building activity.
    • europa agrees : Agreed! Hi Marie!
    • whiterabbit agrees : 'conspiricy' is a bit strong but there is definitely PR value in inciting some fear among webmasters
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    "we may take this kind of targeted action to distrust hacked links pointing to an innocent site. The innocent site will get the message as we move towards more transparency"

    How does, "targeted action" (sending the message I assume) help "to distrust hacked links" for anyone? Surely Google are the only ones who need to trust or distrust - especially when it comes to "hacked links". And if you don't trust links that someone else has pointed at your site, what are you supposed to do about it? Stupid.

    And there was me thinking, "those wonderful new links that seemed to appear from nowhere, I was really growing to trust them, in fact we were almost on first name terms, but thanks to the Google web spam team I'm not sure I feel the same way about them, in fact I'm not sure that I trust them any more".
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    Sounds to me like when they went to "more transparency" all they did was put in an automated messaging system to email a site owner if the spam team devalued any links.
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    I got one
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    Originally Posted by Dice79
    I got one
    can you copy and paste it here? or would ya?
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    Originally Posted by Dice79
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    It's alright - "don't panic".
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    The worst is all those poor people that do not use webmaster tools and are screwed even if someone is targeting them with crap links.


    The other thing is how bad Google is a distinguishing crap links as not many people are getting these messages as compared to all those people who have some spammy links..

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    • EGOL agrees : Google is a complete failure at this "link stuff"... they should just admit they can't do it or police it and pretend that they understand something else.
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    Originally Posted by Dr.Marie
    Personally I think it's all a conspiracy. I think they randomly chose websites to send the message to. The result? Stir up fear and make it so that everyone is totally afraid to build links. Then, in a perfect world (in Google's eyes) sites will rank on true merit and actual natural links as opposed to an SEO's linkbuilding effort.
    Yeah...I got one yesterday. Here is my post....http://forums.seochat.com/seo-help-general-chat-16/no-spammy-links-for-three-years-and-got-a-warning-460394.html

    I answered them back via webmaster tools and said they were idiots. Not sure that will help me much but I enjoyed it! LOL!

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    • prasunsen agrees : Thumbs up for calling them idiots. Because that's what they are lol
    • Belfast agrees : "I answered them back..."
    • EGOL agrees : let us know what they say.... the wrong person there could push the ban button for all of your domains.
    • Dr.Marie agrees : Good to see you! LOL on your message to Google. I honestly don't think they've thought this through.
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