Looking at my Google webmaster stats, I realized auto-cross-linking between my blogs had created "splogs" with "spammed" anchor text, so I reduced that by 90% or more, probably at least month ago. I was hoping that reducing "bad links" would help. I also updated the sitemaps. BUT, the numbers of links from between my sites remains the same, no change what so ever. I also noticed, one of the blog networks I had purchased a lot of links from is down completely, so those links have been entirely erased, but still show on Google. What gives? Even if those links are removed, they stay there? Are our "sins of the past" never to be forgiven?