commit: 6b2ca8a - #414 (2014-03-05 12:54:44 -0500)
In other news, rain is still wet and cows still moo.
Also, while I get the author's frustration, I find it hard to take a lecture on "SERP manipulation" from a site that has 20 links from Taiwanese .edu domains (to name just a few).
Exactly. Just incase my comment doesn't get approved:
Running your domain through OSE shows pretty much all the top links coming in to your page coming from .edu comment spam.
Also look at the "blasts" of links your site is getting. Nearly 10k in one go in November. Then Little blasts of like ~1/2 k.
Far from natural don't you think? Or is comment spam fine and crappy
articles not? Both look like large scale, rubbish links to me.
Sounds like you are pissed cos someone has out spammed your spam.
ib4 reconsideration request.
In this case... Google doesn't CARE about the spammy niche as "buy traffic". Why should they? They manipulate themselves and the complete niche is a BS. If, on the other hand, it would happen in travel/finance/air-tickets/ecommerce or other high-profile, high margin niche where their reputation would be damaged by spammy SERP, they would care. Imagine, these 20k+ (or whatever the number is) manual raters are surely looking into spammy indian companies looking to sell low-value services (don't think so, not a high-profile or high value job). But, when it happens with a huge, brand name link broker (iAcquire), Google is sending a message (even through Matt Cutts).