diberry - 4:12 pm on Apr 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
Have you looked at the possibility of using the disavow tool to disavow them? However, it still doesn't make sense to me that penguin would hit you for trackback links anyway. That would be a major and obvious defect in the algorithm.
Disavow makes me nervous because the way they describe who should use it, it sounds confessional. I never set out to "spam" the algorithm. I only "built" the trackbacks in the sense that I used Wordpress the way it works by default.
Why doesn't it make sense that Penguin might look at a preponderance of no-follow links and a lack of follow links as an indicator of spam? Why would that be a flaw?
The thing is, there is nothing else to account for the Penguin slap on this site. I didn't build links. I didn't sell links. I don't know what all Penguin is looking for, but several people have looked at my site, certain they'd be able to see where I'd been "spamming", only to admit they just don't understand why Penguin hit this particular site. That exhaustion of other possibilities is what's led me to this theory. It wasn't my first stab at the problem, believe me. :)