Ok, so I was hit by a negative SEO campaign a little while back. I wasn't making much money from the site, but I had put a lot of work into it. I ignored it at the time, as it didn't have any real impact on my day to day earnings because I have a lot of other things going on and figured I'd deal with it later. Well, now it's later. The niche my site is in is pretty obscure. I managed a few top spots for various keywords. Most of the other ranking sites were authority sites for this niche and had been around for years. None of them appear to do any real SEO (or are damn good at hiding their footprints) and I have had contact with a few of them in the past, so I eliminated them from my list of suspects. About a two weeks after I was blasted into oblivion a new site showed up for many of my previous keywords and here's where it gets interesting. I was digging through the new site and came across a link to a web2.0 page. Well, that account has about 10 pages, all of them have 2 or 3 outbound links to various sites. The linked sites cover a lot of different niches, from local florists to affiliate products. Now most of the spam links that hit my site were shitty blog comments on about 7 domains posted on 5 seperate days. So I went back and checked those comments and sure enough on the same days, same time as the spam comments to my site are other comments to sites in the same niche as the ones linked to on the web2.0. So I'm pretty sure I found the asshole doing it. Here's the best part, by blasting my site like that they basically just handed me a great list list of aa sites to use against them, the only difference is that they were only able to get one of my sites because I'm not an idiot and don't link all of my sites together. So, I'm going to take all their shit down. Yes, in case anyone is wondering, I am a vengeful mother fucker. I have never crossed anyone or done anything unprovoked, but when someone crosses me I come back 10 times harder. My delimma is that quite a few of their sites are local businesses. I'm sure they run a shit little SEO company. Part of me wants to take those sites down with the rest, but I do feel bad about fucking with a local business like that, but on the other hand I know I could put this scumbag out of business. I am going to hold off on them for now. I'm going to start with 1 site and see how it goes. I will post the progress here and what I did as I get that info.