purplekitty - 3:01 pm on May 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
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.
You must have mistaken me for a moron. I understand that Google isn't an omniscient being capable of deriving what human beings think and feel. My interactions with human beings are online, not phone or email. If Google is even capable of half of what you say it is (and I believe it is, too, 'cuz I use Google Analytics - shocker!), it has the ability to see how popular my websites are with individuals.
I realize I'm no SEO expert such as yourself, but I've been doing this website publishing for ten years, have lurked here reading for several of those years watching as people were hit by various things and tried to recover - never seeing an impact at all on my own websites, and have a basic grasp of how this Google thing works. If you think you're schooling me, you're not. What I, and several others, are telling you is that we've followed "the rules" with regards to link building and still we were hit by Penguin. I'm not entirely sure why you choose to dismiss this as a falsehood. Nothing is absolute. Not even a new algo Google begins using to fight webspam.