A month ago I wrote, Google's Matt Cutts Replies to -60 Penalty Thread at Google where I summarize how Matt said some links are hurting a particular site.
At that point, I decided to poll our readers and see if they feel that most of the "minus" X related threads and penalties are back link related or something else. Most believe the penalties are related to one's back links.
Here is the break down:
- 47% said Yes (50 responses)
- 28% said No Idea (30 responses)
- 25% said No (26 responses)
My personal feeling is that many of those perceived penalties have to do with the links to the site. Just a hunch.
Forum discussion continued at Google Groups.