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3/11/13
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wwwcight

Google Webmaster Tools notice of detected unnatural links to http://bbc.co.uk/

I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 
My URL is: www.bbc.co.uk

I am a representative of the BBC site and on Saturday we got a 'notice of detected unnatural links'. 

Given the BBC site is so huge, with so many independently run sub sections, with literally thousands or agents and authors, can you give us a little clue as to where we might look for these 'unnatural links'.

Nick

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Ashley
3/11/13
Ashley
Was the warning specific to http://www.bbc.co.uk/ or was it for any other subdomain or site? A subdomain, you'll see separate as they are verified separately. 

Do you know what kind of link building the site may have engaged in previously?
cristina
3/11/13
cristina
Ashley, BBC is an acronym for British Brodcasting Corporation, it is a bit like a British version of CNN, so it is quite funny that you are asking what links building it was involved in recently.
There are lots of situations in which many sites totally unrelated to BBC would link to BBC, for example if they are using a BBC feed.
Another example is that BBC is such a popular site that sometimes people redirect their sites to it when they are getting towards the end time for a website and they take their own content out. So if those sittes that have nothing to do with BBC are linked to with unnatural links, the redirects might carry the "unnaturalness".
 
Cristina.
 
 
sinip
3/11/13
sinip
Moreover, I don't think that BBC needs any "link building" service. :-) This looks like Google's algo screwup, so to say.
Robbo
3/11/13
Robbo



Yes, Cristina, but Google would already know all of that and take it into account where relevant.


The fact is that bbc.co.uk has been in operation as a major site for many years, and now (it appears) is suddenly hit with an unnatural links warning.


So what might have changed? 


I would expect that the "unnatural links" warning was sent because of some specific observations about link-building (deliberate or accidental) NOT just that they happen to have lots of links from all over the place.



Robbo
Ashley
3/11/13
Ashley
Cristina - I'm very much aware of what the BBC is, however, we know from experience that even big brands are not immune from engaging in dumb practices. It never hurts to ask. 
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areyouserious
3/18/13
areyouserious
This is just a normal notice .. nothing to worry about and given the reputation of your company I do not that Google will be that DUMB to get your website penalized .. it is a machine who detects some bad links pointing to your website .. and make you aware of the situation .. 

now if you have enough spare time while working in BBC, go ahead and try to remove them or .. just get a cup of coffee and relax .. :)

 
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