31 Jul '12, 5pm
To Catch a Spammer: Uncovering Negative SEO
This is a little harder to do, but not impossible. Start by reaching out to the some of the spammed sites, especially if they are on wordpress, and see if you can find an IP address from which the spam comments were sent. If the spammer is smart, they would have used proxies, but many of them do not. This may help you pinpoint a geographic region. There are a lot of other things you can do, but chances are your best bet is to let Google know you were a victim of a negative SEO campaign. Bear in mind, if you were doing other types of link building, you will have to clean up anything that was against Google's Webmaster Guidelines. Just because the negative SEO pushed you over the edge doesn't mean Google will turn a blind eye to other things you were doing.