Four months after Google’s first link network penalty in Poland, Google has targeted an additional two Polish link networks this morning.
Google’s Karolina Kruszynska, a spam fighter, posted on Twitter that the most recent wide spread manual action targeted two link networks in Poland:
@rustybrick We took action on two link networks.
— Karolina Kruszyńska (@karo_krus) July 3, 2014
Google’s Matt Cutts confirmed this as well on Twitter after Bartosz Góralewicz showed evidence on of massive manual actions being sent out in Poland. Bartosz posted a screen shot of manual actions received by webmasters over this link network slap:
— Bartosz Góralewicz (@bart_goralewicz) July 2, 2014
Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, responded that Google indeed took action in Poland. Adding he didn’t “tweet about it because people have been asking us to be more positive.”
@bart_goralewicz Yes. I didn't tweet about it because people have been asking us to be more positive, but yes.
— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) July 3, 2014
As I covered at the Search Engine Roundtable, Bartosz feels that this actually hit more than two link networks. He told me it hit at least four including Statlink.pl, Gotlink.pl, e-weblink.com and seopilot.pl. I asked Google to confirm which networks were hit but they have yet to reply to my request by the time I have posted this story. Bartosz added that Google doesn’t really know how many networks they hit because it “wasn’t too severe and spread across all the major networks.”
Google also posted details on the Google Poland blog about how to submit reconsideration requests after you’ve been hit by a manual action.