diberry - 5:40 am on May 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
Why would "doing what everyone says" seem to have no effect?
Because we haven't "cracked" Penguin yet. That's my conclusion, anyway. OR, de-optimizing was smart, but I ran into this ranking detection thing.
What would be very difficult to reverse engineer?
Personally, I think Penguin has to be more sophisticated than just groping in the dark for links and optimization - things the regular algo had been handling for years. Why invest resources in creating Penguin if it was just going to do what the algo's always done?
Why would more "uniqueness" not have a positive impact?
It could simply be I'm in some kind of sandbox where Google isn't even going to look at my site again for some period of time, so nothing I do will have positive results until they look again. But I doubt this, because recently there have been some minor ranking changes.
Or it could be that uniqueness is a Panda thing, and Penguin doesn't care. Or again, it could be that what I did IS positive, but I'm up against the rank detection thing.
How did diluting your internal PR distribution by adding outbound links help initially?
I can't guess. That page didn't gain any new inbounds or anything. *I* thought I was just making my page an even better resource for visitors - I wasn't thinking of pagerank or anything, or I probably wouldn't have added more links. At the time, I just assumed Google agreed with me that the page was an improved resource, LOL. I doubt that now!
Why did increasing your internal PR distribution by removing outbound links not help or have any noticeable impact?
I think this is where everyone concluded it was the ranking detection algo at work. The only other possibilities I've thought of are that Penguin targets certain keyphrases, and decides certain sites just can't rank for them anymore. It could be those no-follow links the page generated (by linking to Wordpress blogs and getting trackbacks) originally are now something that's going to hold this page down until it gains more natural inbounds.
Why would Penguin not need to be run very often?
Because it's accomplished what they wanted from it, whatever that is. This is the one thing that makes me wonder if it's some kind of permanent penalty.
BTW: The best I can guess right now that makes the any sense to me is it was Professor Cutts in the Kitchen, but to confuse everyone, rather than the knife, he used the candlestick.
LOL, we should make a special version of Clue where it's all about figuring out which algo hit you, and how, and where.