BaseballGuy - 1:25 am on Aug 17, 2012 (gmt 0)
Just to re-iterate. Penguin is all about links right? If so then I couldn't be squeakier cleaner. No worries here.
I had a 100% white hat site murdered by Penguin. Yes, I did a few blog links here and there/etc....but nothing over the top. I followed the propaganda of "build it and they will come" and made sure that my content was better than anyone else's content out there.
Having my sole income source in life wiped out, I made the decision to go blackhat.
I made a few friends and over the course of the past few months learned quite a bit.
My take-away on this is that Penguin/etc goes after the lazy spammers. The spammers that don't know how to spam properly. The rest of the "smart" spammers are laughing their asses off at Cutts and Panda and Penguin and the rest of the "the end is near" crowd.
The fact of the matter is that Cutts cannot kill webspam completely. Many honest white hat webmasters are paying a dear price as Google is cutting off its nose in an attempt to spite their face with these algorithm updates. More and more, I'm having to go to Bing to do an internet search because Google just can't get their #*$! together. The first 4-5 pages are littered with EMD's and other spammy sites.
But I digress....
I have a feeling that the upcoming Penguin updates will cause even more SEO guys to do 1 of 2 things:
1. Quit SEO altogether
2. Start learning how to spam properly.
A good friend of mine is a spammer (black hat, no hacking). He's driving a brand new 760i BMW and pulling in around $60k/mo. I took him out for drinks a few weeks ago and the subject of Penguin/Panda came up....I have never heard a human being laugh more heartily and honestly before in my life.
Good job, Cutts & Co.