• Durant Imboden

    In the case of the MyBlogGuest penalty, the reason why Ann Smarty didn’t get a notice about the network in Webmaster Tools seems pretty obvious to me:

    Webmaster Tools doesn’t list networks of other people’s sites. It lists sites that the account holder owns.

    Maybe WMT should have an option for “Register a link network,” but I doubt if it would get much use.

  • http://www.hiswebmarketing.com/ Marie Haynes

    I think that there were two issues with MyBlogGuest. The first is that the site itself received an inbound unnatural links penalty because of links like these:

    http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/busting-the-top-3-guest-blogging-myths/

    http://rolandinsh.com/freelancer/how-to-turn-a-blogger-into-your-best-friend/

    And then I think that Google was able to sleuth out sites that had used My Blog Guest and open up manual reviews of these sites. Being associated with MBG did not automatically cause sites to be penalized. But, if guest posting was used on a large scale to obtain links then this is what caused the penalty no matter where the guest post links were obtained.

  • Jean Hugues Bretin

    To me this issue is not only related to notifications but as alot to do with what Google defines as spam.
    On very competitive fields, best ranking websites still heavily rely on unnatural links not compliant with Google Terms of Service. Truth: a link is a link and as long as Google will mostly based its results on this tag, there is no change coming ahead.
    Confusing notifications will multiply, because Google, so far, has not been able to define the status and purpose of a link. “The blind leading the blind”.

  • LocksOnline

    We have had a ‘outbound unnatural link’ notification, I had two articles on my blog that where not from MBG but people who contacted me directly. I did have an account with MBG over a year ago, but like others I found it a waste of money.

    We created a sub domain to our main domain for our blog and community site and it is clear google wrote to our main domain in WMT and in the detail the action was against our sub domain.

    We no followed all the half a dozen out going links, but we have also brought our community blog under the main domain. As we had wrote a load of our own articles relating to products on the main domain so there was a large amount of back linking between the main domain and our sub domain.

    We have put a request into google that we are not a paid outbound link farm, but genuine articles related in the industry we are in.

    For now at least we have not seen any traffic reduction and still rank for the sub domain and our main domain.

    We will clean up all the old links on our main domain to the sub domain in the next day or so and then let google know that what they have a manual action notice against has been cleaned up to such an extent that the sub domain no longer exists and ALL outbound links from the main domain are no follow even to twitter, Facebook, Pinterest etc.

    Hopefully they have just put a shot across our bow from tactics that at the time 2 years ago seemed reasonable ways of sharing content for a little recognition.

  • http://www.businessfluid.com Carl Bischoff

    We have only a few times had any sort of meaningful reply from Google after submitting reconsideration requests, sometimes the cause is obvious other times it is a needle in haystack. I think Google should carefully be more forthcoming, especially after a site owner shows they have done a ton of work reviewing and cleaning links.

  • http://yourlivingbody.com/ Your Living Body

    There’s no way that guy did the Tough Mudder…