TheOptimizationIdiot - 11:21 pm on May 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
If the penalty 'follows' then its clearly not the EMD, so might as well look for something else and use the EMD. Which makes sense, after all.
I really didn't misunderstand, but now there seems to be some question about the Rank Manipulation patent being used.
If it is being used: 301ing, noticing the penalty follows, then reverting to the EMD is likely something it would detect as manipulative, imo, so once you move, you may not be able to "just undo the 301" and return to the "status quo" of today. It's possible the change/reversion wouldn't "undo" the move so the site ranks the same as it did before the move, and in that case you would have another issue (variable) to deal with (try to figure out).
But, at the time I posted I hadn't seen the MC video and I think people are going to have to decide for themselves if they've seen enough "odd movement" after changes to think it's being used in some way or if the "implication" it's not in use made by the video is more accurate.