well i'm giving this reporting link a try. we got the wmt notice, and a huge drop in serps for a few keywords, started about 8 wks ago. we're a small biz, over 20 yrs old, industrial products. we'd been comfortably on the top 1-3 pages for many of our keywords for years. until early march, when the top 3 dropped about 100 spots...and another dozen dropped about 50 places.
on inspecting wmt and using other link tools, we noticed two sites have lots of links on them, to our money site. one site has about 3700 links, the other about 1800 links. none created by us. our site total links more than doubled, with the addition of these 5500. and since they appeared in a very short time and most of them - over 4500 total - were directed to our home page, with one key word, they were noticed rather quickly...
luckily, there are over 100 keywords we rank for - (we're an industrial store site, lots of products.) naturally, they picked the top keywords, so it hurts a lot, but is survivable - at least, short term.
one of the linking sites is just an ip address, and i cant get it to resolve at all. the other appears to be an industrial directory, with lots of listings - no visible way to add a listing, contact anyone, or complain.
we had done some article marketing with the typical publishers, including bmr, so i thought that was the problem at first. little did i know, but someone is clearly "google bowling" in our niche. several competitors hit too. a bit hard to track who's dropped and who hasn't, with all of the penguins and pandas mixing it all up too
thanks for the link, terry, i agree with you that it is unlikely to help - luckily in this case, they used a pretty crude method, rather than a shotgun blast with xrumer or something similar, so G may be willing to ignore the two sets of links. i had complained to G before via wmt, but they didn't react. mb getting the actual websites to the spam team will trigger something - it sure can't hurt us anymore. I will post if it helps at all.
Edited by seon00b, 28 May 2012 - 17:49.