diberry - 3:39 pm on May 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
Fathom, do you work for Google? You seem to have a lot of information no one else has, and I can't find sources for some of it.
Are you suggesting that people hit on 4-24-12 who did not have spammy backlinks were hit by something other than Penguin?
...you're focused on the wrong side of the argument. It likely isn't "when will Google believe I am a high quality website?"... It's likely, "when will you show Google you have indeed become one!"
No, the actual problem is that people THINK Google wants quality sites. It's not that simple. They wouldn't let ehow on the first page if they did (I have never once found useful info on ehow).* Google wants sites that have a certain link profile, or get a certain response from visitors - something like that. This is why, as a searcher, I have a lot of difficulty finding the quality info I want through Google and end up going to Bing instead.
Please don't be telling people that if they build a quality site, Google will bless them with top rankings, rainbows and unicorns. What humans recognize as quality is NOT necessarily what Google is ranking.
*See also movies, which pander to the lowest common denominators and serve up a lot of rehashed low quality crap. But it sells tickets, and that's all they care about. Suggesting that Google is also pandering to the lowest common denominator is NOT a conspiracy theory. It is merely suggesting they think like other big companies.