Just thought that I would pose this question for any experts out there that may know the answer. I have learned that apparently link markets and link farms are sometimes penalized by Google and I wondered if anyone could tell me why.
How do you know if your site has been penalized? Unfortunately when I first began my website, I did join a couple of link markets and I began trading links with other Realtors. I thought that this was a good idea in order to boost my link popularity. I managed to get my website on the first page of Google for four keyword searches and I was moving up on a few other keywords. However I have now dropped about 6 or 7 pages from my previous rank in most of my keyword searches and I not sure what happened or how to change it.
The best that I can come up with, is that I was penalized for the link markets. If anyone has a good suggestion on how to fix this problem and get my website back on track, it would be most appreciated. Maybe, that is not what is wrong. So, any suggestions on what else could be the problem would also be very appreciated.