diberry - 5:08 am on May 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
Guess what I'm saying is people trying to recover after a whole year using the same domains, same content, same back links, etc. should probably abandon ship and start somewhat from scratch and try to avoid any of the pitfalls that might have gotten the site lumped into collateral damage in the first place.
Unfortunately, none of the SEOs who've looked at my site can figure out what google's issue with it is, and I sure can't either. This site is very similar to my others, which have never been hit by any update. I honestly just don't know what Google's issue is with the site.
So I came up with a better idea: I realized my niche is moving away from Google anyway (not en masse, but noticeably), so I started focusing on other traffic streams - traffic streams I'm betting will outpace Google in a few years anyway (again, just for my niche).
I'm still curious about this Penguin thing, but I'm not desperate to overcome it. I'm doing fine without Google.