purplekitty - 6:50 pm on May 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
When you link schemed your way to the top and got caught all that is left is acquiring earned links... that is how you recover. It doesn't matter how you feel about your quality level your votes are purely webspam.
If you can't earn them your vision of quality isn't as good as you think.
Additionally, just because someone else is in a high (or higher) position does not mean they earned anything either... their webspam just so happens to be a little more granular than yours for Google to detect... but give it time.
Um, I didn't link scheme my way to the top. You have no idea what you're talking about when you say my votes are purely webspam. That is hilarious. But your assumption is not surprising. It's exactly the accusations I found when I reached out to the google community for help and insight into what was affecting my sites after Penguin.
People link to me because of what I publish. I didn't go looking for them. I continue to publish every day and people continue to link and share. You know, the way Google says they want it.
I'm pretty confident that the people who actually reached out to help me were right about what my problem was with my sites after Penguin because it's logical. So I'm just waiting now for recovery when Google runs a new Penguin update.