diberry - 12:45 am on May 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
When you link schemed your way to the top and got caught all that is left is acquiring earned links
Okay, so your arguments are based on the unfounded assumption that any site affected by Penguin "linkspammed its way to the top."
There's problem with substituting this belief for actual data, evidence or logic. Several problems actually:
(1) No algorithm is immune to producing false positives and false negatives, as measured against, say, the conclusions of a large human focus group. It is logically absurd to believe that every site affected by Penguin would be rated as spam by a human focus group, too.
(2) Unless you worked on Penguin at Google, you can be no more sure than the rest of us just what factors Penguin weighed. There is no evidence to justify the belief that it is strictly about backlinks.
(3) The assumption that everyone who has a certain problem has brought it upon themselves is based not on evidence, but on a personal authoritarian philosophy.
(4) That personal philosophy does not address the issues at hand, it just attempts to shame people into silence. Which is not helpful to discussion.