But... Is Google penalizing sites?
It has been stated several times by Google that there is no way that a webmaster can do harm to a competitors site.
It sounds so logical that I believe it.
Previously Google was not telling appart purchased or sitewide links from the natural ones.
Now, I guess, with this update, Google can tell the difference and just ignores the unnatural links.
So, sites with unnatural incoming links are not suddenly being penalized, simply they rank only by the value of their natural incoming links only and they lost the value of the rest of the incoming links.
Does this I'm saying sounds crazy?