Google has been warning that it would be cracking down on link networks in Germany for a couple weeks or so. First, when Matt Cutts said Google was taking action on French link network Buzzea, he noted that Germany was next on the list of places the search engine would be looking at.
Then, earlier this week, Google put out a blog post about paid links on its German Webmaster Central blog, and Cutts once again tweeted a reminder.
Now, Cutts has confirmed that Google has already taken action on one of these German networks, and has more in its sights.
This week we took action on a German agency's link network/clients. More to come in Germany.
— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) February 7, 2014
Google has not really been shy about calling out link networks by name thus far, so it’s kind of interesting that he didn’t name any names this time. That doesn’t mean he won’t. It sounds like some more of them will be getting similar treatment in the immediate future.
Here’s an old video Cutts impersonating a dinosaur: