Connection Between Buying Links And Ranking Drop??
This is my second post on this matter. I got some good feedback before and I am grateful for that. I have been looking for any news on the connection between a drop in rankings for websites that buy links. There's all kinds of information about this issue as it pertains to those that sell links. What I am looking for/wondering is if anyone has discovered a connection between paid links (those that are buying them) and a drop in their rankings, specifically on Google, for their website.
I have experienced a drop in rankings for a fair amount of the major keywords that I am tracking. This drop is anywhere from 3-4 spots to 10-20 spots. Some are just fine and some have really dropped...
I have been going on two main hypotheses: a algo shift, or some kind of punitive action against specific links that I have purchased. I have already elimiated some of the paid links that I felt were suspect and roughly coincided with the drop in rankings, but this could be useless and not even the problem.
Sorry for the long-winded entry. If anyone has some insight please respond.