fathom - 8:07 am on May 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
Well, I know I have high quality content or I wouldn't have the following I have with actual human beings TELLING me that they value and appreciate what I'm publishing.
Whether or not Google sees it as such is an entirely different thing. It's frustrating to be caught up in whatever I'm caught up in, and it would be great to figure it out, but I publish for my websites users, not for Google. So...I will just keep plugging away as per usual.
I'm just contributing to this thread my experiences to see if collectively those of us here can figure it out.
I'm not making light of your situation (nor the situation of anyone else).
But Google LIKELY does not use phone calls or emails as signals to demonstrate high quality... it does LIKELY use links so how does actual human beings showing their patrons what you got work into the puzzle? Google also maintains that it uses 200 different signals and there are LIKELY a major division of those focused on link attributes.
It's a theory that is yet to be proven but since Google has massive experience with CTR from Adwords that LIKELY drives behavioral appreciation as it relates to organic results and click throughs from both organic and inorganic links.
Regardless of what the link anchor is anchored with an organic link tends to be placed for the patrons of the resident website and not for the direct value of the receiving website which LIKELY suggests there is a greater range of click referrals for such links.
This also explains why someone can use Pinterest with Google's approval and someone else can do it purely for link value to another domain and the former gains value and the latter gains a devaluation.
There are some challenges with this form of thinking... how does Google gather that info? Well Googlebot must crawl every link to credit it... that establishes a baseline. Repeated similar anchors crawled can provide a threshold of potential inorganic to be investigated by PENGUIN.
So if you are below a certain granular level (that Googlers suggest exists) you can have 100 domains all doing the same things but only some will be devalued because most websites have a certain amount of natural attributes... where some versions of arrangement can provide greater cover for longer periods.
On the other side:
As best as we can - we attempt to emulate those signals that we believe Google focuses on for ranking value and for better or worse we often develop without considering any of the consequences.
When Google wishes to take a shot at aggressively fighting webspam they simply mirror that set of signals we decided to focus our attention on.
In my day to day development on understanding PENGUIN starts with:
What is the purpose of a link?
It's sole purpose is to provide the patrons on a specific website additional information. THAT'S IT!
If that isn't it... then you have inorganic links.