fathom - 7:58 pm on Jun 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
Remember, Penguin is an algorithmic penalty triggered once you've passed Google's "tolerance" of link spam. Drop below that threshold and the penalty will be removed.
This is quite possibly correct but there are many way of changing your signals as they relate to that tolerance.
Doing nothing with the alleged unnatural links themselves & instead building natural links has the same impact... if this is a signal to noise ratio - it works both ways.
Deleting the page the links point to will have the same impact as attempting to delete thousands of links but the former is far more time conscious.
Turn in a disavow request and you tell them you know you've been bad.
Because PENGUIN is algorithmic you can't actually tell it anything and since the Webspam Team isn't involved I suspect the disavow request isn't needed in the aftermath of PENGUIN.
is it safe to say that some people may be affected by the penguin update by webmasters removing links left and right out of fear before and after the update. for example before the update we had fairly steady rankings (top 5 positions for most of our keywords) some now have dropped to bottom 5 results but still on first page) I think it is due to the fact that we have had people remove links to our site in the last few weeks/months.
I would argue 'even if this is true' these surely are not the kind of links that are enormously valuable to you in the first place.
Those domains that link to your purely because you had compelling reasons for them to link to you are unlikely to be swayed by PENGUIN.