Yesterday, Google’s Matt Cutts has made one thing clear that if you get Google Webmaster Tools notification, that means you have been hit by a Google’s manual penalty after inspecting your site.
He also confirmed that 99% site owners who are hit by a manual penalty will receive message through GWT. Matt also clear that neither Panda nor Penguin are penalties; they’re both algorithm updates.
He also mentioned that Google is coming with a tool that allows webmasters to disallow certain incoming links, but that may be months away if it happens.
Barry has covered the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle.