diberry - 3:14 pm on May 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
"Lose" implied the loss of link juice asssociated with the links that are obviously still there.
Ah, thank you for clarifying. While one can never be 100% sure what other sites are going through, the best analysis I managed to do did NOT suggest that any of my high quality linkers had been hit by Penguin. The rest of my links were from little websites and blogs which are harder to analyze, but they also appeared to be unaffected.
It's been well established that Penguin is NOT just about backlinks. I don't know how that concept got started, but it's just not accurate.
It is my opinion that penguin is keyword specific, not so much a "domain" penalty in traditional thinking.
Exactly. My Penguined site still ranks very well for some phrases, but the most lucrative ones were "taken away" from it and "given to" other sites.
2. All those links built pointing to example.com with the anchor text "example" are crap and are no longer going to be counted.
I lean toward this explanation, but I'm an optimist. ;)
Taberstruth, the page of mine that was most hurt by Penguin had over 100 quality, editorialized links in it. Because many of these links were to blogs, it developed a huge number of nofollow trackbacks. The vast majority of its backlink profile is these nofollow trackbacks, because the page didn't resound with visitors enough to get many natural links (and I don't build). I had been thinking: maybe when your profile has a vast majority of nofollow links, Penguin sees that as spam. Do you think your test here rules out that possibility?