smithaa02 - 1:54 pm on Oct 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
Penguin doesn't devalue links...it punishes them.
Google already devalues bad links...so why would penguin be different?
If link juice was starved to select pages (like the homepage)...then why in so many cases do other pages still rank well? The loss of page juice say to the home page should have tanked your other pages as well?
If this was just a loss of page juice, then how do you explain sites that did well before link building...and then after link/building penguin dropped far below where they were at before link building (like us)?
If this was just a loss of page juice, then why did (before google caught on) the amazon.com/mispellings/synonoms/stemming variants) still show your keyword/page at the top for so long?
IMO Penguin is absolutely not a mere ignoral of bad links, but a punishment.
Think about it logically...if it wasn't a punishment, google would be providing no discentive to link build. It would be heads I win (google didn't catch me) or tails it doesn't matter (because google ignored the bad link). I can't belive this.
Plus we have some limited stories about Penguin recoveries from link removal. WPMU (granted this was manual action). Spunkle link scrubbed and recovered. One of the disavow beta guys link scrubbed and recovered.