diberry - 9:38 pm on Nov 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
which makes me wonder if reacting too fast is part of the issue, because changing and changing back or changing again when rankings change (for the negative) is something only someone who's watching their rankings and trying to control (manipulate) them would do.
Yes, I believe you're right about this (that's what the rank detection patent seems to be about) and it's definitely part of my problem NOW. But I didn't make these types of changes before Penguin, so I don't believe it was what caused Penguin to hit me. I don't know if you read my post directly above yours, but I stated there what I believe caused it.
(Before Penguin, I did do some things that might have let Google know I read at least the big highlights from SEO news - when Panda came along, I beefed up my "thin content", not just to avoid Panda but because I realized I had a lot of pages that weren't of much value to users, and why not either refurbish, replace or delete those so that my site was jam-packed with visitor pleasing stuff. I don't think that is the sort of thing Penguin was meant to penalize. I think Google probably believes I sold that link I refer to in my post above yours here, for example, which is a much graver "offense" from their perspective.)