Confused about PENALTY of my blog

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I have a blog of free software downloads, with 200k backs links according to GWT. It got penalized few days ago. Traffic from 150k toh 30k per month

And I found that it has 60k backlinks from a ONLINE MARKET of Internet Marketing(selling links too) known as rollbuck.com

rollbuck looks like the culprit. what say?
#blog #confused #penalty
  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Is your site about software that is actually free or is it promoting cracked versions of software?
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    • Profile picture of the author Claudio Johnson
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      Is your site about software that is actually free or is it promoting cracked versions of software?
      No, all free software. Can cracked software result in penalty suddenly?
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by Claudio Johnson View Post

        No, all free software. Can cracked software result in penalty suddenly?
        Sites providing cracked software are usually also serving up malware or pointing to sites that are serving malware.
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  • Profile picture of the author servermonitoring
    According to Google, any paid links are counted as SPAM. So of course, if rollbuck is selling links, then they are culprit. Also try to find out that all the backlinks in the GWT are natural and from quality sites. If you find anything else suspicious, demote them also.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by servermonitoring View Post

      According to Google, any paid links are counted as SPAM. So of course, if rollbuck is selling links, then they are culprit. Also try to find out that all the backlinks in the GWT are natural and from quality sites. If you find anything else suspicious, demote them also.

      Google has no way of knowing if a link is bought or not.

      Rollbuck is basically a site similar to Fiverr.
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  • Profile picture of the author Meherhomji
    Have you exchanged links with rollbuck? If yes then possibly it is the reason because more link exchange with same domain results in spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPlan
    Assuming you didn't sell your links there or exchange links, is it possible that someone on the site is trying to sabotage you by linking back to you in so many pages?
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  • Profile picture of the author Claudio Johnson
    Rollbucks used my template so its appearing on 60k pages. Added to DSIVOW page.

    Two of my latest articles published just before Pigeon update have "incoming keywords" keyword stuffing done by my stupid author.


    Can it be the reason too?
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by Claudio Johnson View Post

      Rollbucks used my template so its appearing on 60k pages. Added to DSIVOW page.

      Two of my latest articles published just before Pigeon update have "incoming keywords" keyword stuffing done by my stupid author.


      Can it be the reason too?
      Pigeon was an update dealing with local SEO. Unless you are only targeting keywords relating to your local town, it has nothing to do with you.

      If you have 200,000 links, chances are Rollbuck is not the only crappy links you have.

      Also, did you bother to check your rankings? A traffic drop like you are talking about is not always a penalty. Sometimes it is just a case of a few keywords dropping 2 or 3 spots.
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      • Profile picture of the author Claudio Johnson
        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        Pigeon was an update dealing with local SEO. Unless you are only targeting keywords relating to your local town, it has nothing to do with you.

        If you have 200,000 links, chances are Rollbuck is not the only crappy links you have.

        Also, did you bother to check your rankings? A traffic drop like you are talking about is not always a penalty. Sometimes it is just a case of a few keywords dropping 2 or 3 spots.
        If someone is sending huge amount of FAKE TRAFFIC for months, can it penalize me?
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPlan
      Originally Posted by Claudio Johnson View Post

      Rollbucks used my template so its appearing on 60k pages. Added to DSIVOW page.

      Two of my latest articles published just before Pigeon update have "incoming keywords" keyword stuffing done by my stupid author.


      Can it be the reason too?
      It could be a combination of factors which brought your site to Google's attention as usually it won't just be one thing.

      Is there a way you could ask Rollbucks to remove your link from their site? Even if that means you have to forfeit credit for the template, at least that's better than having so many thousands of spam backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author netanel23
    Its usually the profile as a whole that causes problems, not just one website.

    Time to start removing and cleaning up those links if you want to recover.
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    You need to remove these links by contacting Rollbuck linking to your website, then disavowing these links at GWT.
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  • Profile picture of the author rajika4ever
    so if it is like this.. forum a link in forum signatures also can mark as spam since if some one have posted over 1000 post they got 1000 links from same website.. is it risky ?
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  • Profile picture of the author master reseller
    As for the article, see if they can be edited to remove the keyword stuffing.* If the articles are on your site, this will be easy and if not, then you could ask the person who owns the site where the articles appear to edit to remove those keywords or to delete the articles.* Some options to look into.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve3214
    You should consult to any Internet marketer expert and get out of this penalty as soon as possible.
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