diberry - 3:27 pm on Aug 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
Okay, this: [webmasterworld.com...]
From the beginning, I've wanted to suggest - and sort of hinted - that the reason my site got Penguinized was that I had responded to Panda by making changes. Now I'm convinced: if Google is that focused on punishing SEOs, then it's plausible to me that they would release an algo that's overzealous in its attempt to identify them.
Just a quick summary of the facts:
I run four sites, all built for users, not Google. Only one got hit. I've never gotten any "unnatural link" notices, and it's confirmed the Penguinized site was not penalized. Let's call it Site C.
Back when Panda hit, Site C was NOT hurt, but I figured it was only a matter of time. I began making changes based on my perception of (a) what users want and (b) what Panda wanted.
Did Penguin slap me merely because I made changes in response to Panda? I'm sure some will disagree, but that's what I've been thinking for a long time, and as far as I'm concerned, this confirms it.