• http://www.michaelmerritt.org/ Michael Merritt

    According to a comment to Matt’s original Google+ post, looks like they might be re-sending messages to people who got the initial warning.

  • Steffen Boskma

    Google is making a lot of smoke but I don’t see any fires yet… I found a lot of websites buying links still on the first spots on Google. Even reporting them doesn’t work really. Also the networks are just doing what they are doing. I find a lot of networks and they are spreading harder than Google can catch them. Still good people like Matt work hard to fight it and after all the updates form the algorithm did work for a lot of websites.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shari.mcconahay Shari Maxwell McConahay

    Thank you, Matt. I just received the new email notifications regarding my sites.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shari.mcconahay Shari Maxwell McConahay

    Vanessa, I just received new email notifications letting me know my sites were not penalized, just that some inbound links are being ignored.

  • http://twitter.com/EdWords Eduard Blacquière

    Seems like Matt kept his promise, I just saw a new Unnatural Links warning from Google. Posted it here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100578268595568068954/posts/FPkmp9xTbTm

  • scandnc

    And then there’s this new email since from Google on Webmasters today –

    We don’t want to put any trust in links that are artificial or unnatural. We recommend removing any unnatural links to your site. However, we do realize that some links are outside of your control. As a result, for this specific incident we are taking very targeted action on the unnatural links instead of your site as a whole. If you are able to remove any of the links, please submit a reconsideration request, including the actions that you took.

    Huh?  Guess that means all is ok though…. as in perhaps they’re going for the links rather than the site.  About time.  That way scraper sites and negative SEO won’t get in my way.

  • http://www.theistudio.com Judith

    “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

    “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

    “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

    L. Caroll, “Alice in Wonderland”

    This is the way it has always been with G.  Nothing different.  Just that no one is willing to honestly discuss even the possibility of collateral damage or false negatives. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/besthotsauce Jon Good

    I think Google did this so more people would use Pay Per Click Adds and make them lots more money.

  • Sandeep Kumar

    I got about unnatural backlink messages about 3 months ago and currently i get some new messages of unnatural inbound links that is not more informative as earlier. It looking like this.
    Unnatural inbound links

    July 23,

    detected that some of the links pointing to your site are using techniques
    outside Google’sWebmaster

    don’t want to put any trust in links that are artificial or unnatural. We
    recommend removing any unnatural links to your site. However, we do realize that
    some links are outside of your control. As a result, for this specific incident
    we are taking very targeted action on the unnatural links instead of your site
    as a whole. If you are able to remove any of the links, please submit
    a reconsideration
    request, including the actions that you

    you have any questions, please visit our Webmaster
    Help Forum.

    I already removed my links from link exchanges schemes and request to directory webmasters about to free my site links. But still it is showing the same message what i am do?

  • Adnan Ahmed

    Hi all webmasters,
    I have received one msg on 20 of this month, I was very worried when I read this post and felt very relaxed. But suddenly 3 days later i.e on 23 i again received this mail from google regarding unnatural links. Now what would you suggest me shall I perform some activity on my website or should I consider this message as auto generated?

  • Mark Peters

    I totally agree with the hate part, lets all start using & promoting BING.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7I2VZLXCHKQGWQ3KY37Z3QP6FI Hual_Arc

     Not necessarily Joe, and  it’s only no good if google says it’s no good for them and their money. It’s all about money, and shareholders, so up to no good!? Everybody is out to make money bottom line. Again, google sells back links called PPC, and many directories were basically selling back links for years and google ignored them until now. Contradictory? Yes, but that is ok, because google says so, and it isn’t a matter of up to no good or not, it’s a matter of what they (king google) say is good or bad for them. Anyway, I really would like to see the other SE’s come on stronger like DuckDuckgo, blexo, Bing, Yahoo and others and just keep eating away at google’s SE market share and level the playing field a lot more. This would of course be a penalty to do so according to google, but that penalty they can’t control, ie. competition. Ciao.

  • http://www.tylerherrick.com Tyler Herrick

    Most of the comments here are largely negative. How about some positive comments on the fact that Google is more informative today than it was yesterday. So many negative people are thinking Google is actively out to ruin their own search experience. It’s mind-boggling how critical people can be. I help manage too many sites for me to look at them individually from an SEO perspective. However, now I know when I need to go take action on a site. Win for me.

  • Ronald Clark

     No matter what Google does the farm fest directories google algorithm PROMOTED now make even more cash. I tried to removed some directories that had a rank of 4-5 pre-penguin and now are 0 and they charged me 20$ per link. Good job Google, promote crappy link building then penalize everyone for having a faulty algorithm.

    I can only imagine in how much pain some link builders are right now. If you chose to go for comments, you’re pretty much screwed now.

  • http://twitter.com/beneficialfunk Beneficial Function

    I’m more and more convinced that Google simply doesn’t have a handle on what they claim as their service. The only way they can produce a service that matches the quality they claim to have is by controlling the entire web from start to finish.

    They issue updates that swing one way or another as they test algorithms in a live environment. All this backpedaling comes from the fact that they don’t know what they’re doing, have no customer service (and thus can’t be held accountable), and their TOS for users is like a novel.

    That’s also why they keep pasting Google “owned” content over their SERP pages. It’s the only thing they can control with reasonable accuracy! 

  • http://twitter.com/sanojuniq imuniq

    I don’t know actually what Google wants, Most of my sites ranking have changed i don’t know now what i do. is there any tool which tell me about those links which links are spammy or unnatural. really i am very confused.

  • Mech S

    I don’t even know why the heck Google even bothered with the latest round of messages. Stirring sh*t around for nothing – in the end the whole idea of link penalties still stinks because most of us can’t do anything about removin’ them. 

    My question is, is Google still going ahead with the “disavow” links feature?

  • JC Edwards

    Google are here to make money, they don’t care about bad PR (even when it has been proven they lied to the UK government about stealing passwords and data from peoples computers with their street view cars). Google are out of control, they can (and do) do exactly what they choose to do.

     Google are not, nor have they ever been a search company, they have always been an advertising company.

    It is not in their best interests to have decent information out there. they have screwed up mightily by penalising sites for bad inbounds aas it is simple. :-

    the only thing that has held back website owners in the past has been the fear of being pinged by google. NOW there is no need to worry about that, just build a few decen’t links and social to your site, and spam the backside relentlessly out of the sites above yours, and just watch Google remove them for you.

    Servers in meltdown running xrumer, scrapebox and all the other such like software. 

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    They are totally more informative than in the past. I’ve praised them ample times for this in the past. But this latest effort isn’t informative. It’s confusing, in my view.

  • http://bolivartech.wordpress.com/ bolivartech

    As Long as you don’t bad SEO, you’re going to be fine. People worried about this thing I believe you just need know the basic about SEO, to get good Ranking.