Hello ladies and gentlemen of the black hat world, I?d like to provide the community with a case study with what we?ve been doing lately, and would also love some advice on how you folks think we should proceed. We had a lead gen site get whacked with a manual action which we have been boosting with a manually curated network, and would love to hear if anyone has experienced anything similar. Bear with me on this post, I?ll try and lay out some good background first. > Our ?quality network? ? though it?s really just a relationship network - has about 200 sites we have developed relationships with to place links on, primarily for their high Domain Authority and or PR. We install no code on these sites to monitor placements and we do not spider the sites ? the entire placement process is conducted by email with the individual webmasters and monitoring is manual. > Of our 200 site quality network, we had 32 links up, all on unique C-blocks, to a lead gen site that had performed well in the past but slid in the rankings last December and has slowly been bumping along at low rankings. However, there were no penalties and we were getting some traffic and conversions, so we left the links from the quality network up. > We boosted the crap out of the lead gen site?s PR a while ago as an experiment to see if we could override the rankings drops, it went up to a 6 on the toolbar back in Feb and stayed up, hasn?t dropped since, but there was no effect on traffic. > There were also some spammy scraper links we had built in the past, but we thought nothing of them and really didn?t focus much on the site due to the fact that they would be impossible to remove (god knows how to get ahold of those webmasters now) and it wasn?t really pumping out a lot of cash. > Two weeks ago, we received a notice of a manual action on the lead gen site against a portion of incoming links. We assumed it was those damn scraped links, and figured that the best way to deal with it would be to disavow them since we can?t get ahold of the builders to get them down. We aren?t a fan of using any of big G?s tools like that, but just wanted to neuter those links and get back to business. We didn?t cut any of the links from the quality network since they had already seen them if they actually did a manual review, and we didn?t want to have to take them down if it wasn?t necessary. We were hoping someone over at G had just looked at a trust readout and targeted our spammy links and levied the manual action. > So we thought all was good and then placed a reconsideration request. >>>>We got another notice saying that there were still unnatural links up, and they listed 3 SITES FROM THE QUALITY NETWORK. F*$%.<<<< > SO, this brings us to my question, which relates to the quality network. We have many of our other sites linked to from the quality network, and some of them are linked to from the SAME SITES as we had linking to the lead gen site in question. If big G has now found the sites in the quality network that linked into the lead gen site, they can easily look at those sites and see the links to all the OTHER properties we use the quality network on, which is a ton of other lead gen sites. SO, we cut the 32 links to the lead gen site we are talking about, along with all other links to other lead gen sites on those 32 sites. If they look at some of the links to the other lead gen sites, and then spider those lead gen sites link profiles, they are going to be able to see our entire 200 site network. We don?t know if they are going to do this, and want to know if anyone has ever had this experience, where Google went and just kind of busted an entire manual network like this. Should we just toss this network, or wait and see what happens? The network was super expensive to create, but we don't want our other sites getting busted. > Thanks for reading all of this, and thanks in advance for any advice from anyone who has experienced something similar guys!!!!