Yesterday, Google's head spam man, Matt Cutts, issued a stern warning to link spammers in Italy and Spain. This warning will likely be followed up with some unnatural link notifications and ranking penalties within the week.
Yesterday afternoon, Matt warned both Italian and Spanish SEOs and webmasters that they will be cracking down on link spam. I don't really get why they issue the warning and not give them a few months to revert things because now it is too late. At least when some armies drop bombs on cities, they drop warning flyers to leave by a specific time. Here, Google is trying to break their spirits by warning them without any real immediate recourse to save themselves.
I should be fair, this is part of the webmaster guidelines forever.
Here are Matt's tweets:
A reminder (in Spanish) about unnatural/paid links and that we're willing to take action on them: http://t.co/uTBdJpRNbw— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) March 10, 2014
Here are some recent link networks taken down by Google:
- Google Targets Poland In Latest Link Network Penalty
- Google Boots Large German Agency & Clients For Link Schemes
- Google's Matt Cutts: We're Taking Action Against Buzzea, The French Link Network
- Google's Matt Cutts Calls Out Nailing Another Link Network
- Google Penalizes Another Link Network: SAPE Links
- Google Crushes Ghost Rank 2.0, A Russian Link Network
- Backlinks.com: The Next Link Network Penalized By Google
- Google's Matt Cutts: Text Link Ads Link Sellers Targeted
- Google Penalizes Blog Networks, Did SEOs Use It To Hurt Competitors?
- Beware: Google To Squash Another Link Network Very Soon