For the past few months I've been trying to work out why my Google search traffic has tanked.
I went from 1k Google visitors per day to 200. I then went back up to about 400 and now I've tanked again to 250ish.
I figured Google was punishing me for something so I submitted a reconsideration request.
I recently received an email from G stating that:
"We've reviewed your site and we still see links to your site that violate our quality guidelines.
Specifically, look for possibly artificial or unnatural links pointing to your site that could be intended to manipulate PageRank. Examples of unnatural linking could include buying links to pass PageRank or participating in link schemes."
The thing is, I've never paid for a single backlink.
90% of my link building is by submitting guest posts to high quality blogs in my market.
With each guest post I include an author resource box. Does Google recognize that this resource box is included with lots of my backlinks and see it as unnatural link building?
How can I lift this penalty without individually contacting over 50 bloggers who host my content with a backlink?
And if guest posting is no longer a viable link building strategy, then WHAT IS?