Matt Cutts Gave Specific Details On Your Google Link Penalty

Mar 4, 2014 • 8:03 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

google matt cuttsWhat would you pay to get specific actionable advice from Google on how to remove your unnatural link penalty?

Russ Ruggles got incredibly lucky yesterday after asking Google's Matt Cutts on Twitter about his penalty. He tweeted:

Matt said he won't be doing external emails in March, so there is no way to ask him for one-on-one advice. That is unless you get lucky and tweet him and he has a minute to look.

Matt Cutts responded that it has to do with when he purchased links from, which happened to be penalized in December 2013. Matt tweeted:

Not only did Matt Cutts give Russ specific actionable advice on what he needs to do to remove the penalty. He said he has emailed his team to follow up and potentially remove the penalty. Matt tweeted:

How can you get this lucky? No clue, it is about timing and timing.

Of course the thread Russ made a couple days ago in Google Webmaster Help only helped a little.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help & Twitter.

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03/04/2014 02:09 pm

how did he know the links were brought from that specific website, Browser Tracking?

Josh Zehtabchi

03/04/2014 02:10 pm

Maybe Matt was promised a free online dating membership? Interesting story, nice to see Cutts can interact with the common people.

Barry Schwartz

03/04/2014 02:11 pm

Because they know link graphs.

Dave Fogel

03/04/2014 02:35 pm

If he is going to personally help someone get their penalty lifted, maybe he should help all of us?


03/04/2014 03:40 pm

Wow. Matt decided to come off his pedestal and perform a Google miracle. Forget that Mother Teresa. Cutts needs to be fast tracked to sainthood for this.

Michael Martinez

03/04/2014 10:09 pm

Geeze, people. Read between the lines.

Jim Hodson

03/04/2014 11:59 pm

Also, specific link brokers and link exchange services often have a specific HTML footprint. I remember back in the day of Conductor, I could spot their links on NY Times, Bob Villa's This Old House, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, etc. websites from a mile away.

Kell Nikki

03/05/2014 05:03 am

i think Cutts get some money..


03/05/2014 01:38 pm

Wow. He BOUGHT backlinks, and yet he needs to ask why the penalty. Puh-leeze.


03/08/2014 09:13 pm

If you read my Google Webmaster Help discussion thread, you'll see that I've since cleaned all links, and submitted a reconsideration request two times. I did a small amount of link-building several months ago and quickly cleaned it up. The question is why my reconsideration requests continue to be declined. I was lucky enough to have Mr. Cutts submit a reconsideration request on my behalf, but the other day I got a NEW "unnatural links" message in Google Webmaster Tools. Still haven't gotten out of Google jail.

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