ColourOfSpring - 3:44 pm on May 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
I already did. I have a blog just like you describe, linking to people to reinforce my points or give readers a chance to read more in-depth about a part of my topic at someone else's site. I don't know if that's why I was hit with Penguin, and I refuse to nofollow those links in either case.
Rather than nofollow links in an attempt to regain Google's abusive love, I would rather accept life without Google and look at my other traffic sources. A lot of the traffic Google took from me with Penguin has actually already come back, just not from Google. It's getting easier and easier to live without Google. If Google reverses Penguin on me, I'll have more traffic than ever. If not... well, in a year, at the rate it's going I expect I'll still have more traffic than ever, it just won't involve Google much.
The only thing that sucks is if you're wanting to sell your site. Then of course no one wants to see Google penalties. But if you're getting enough traffic to sell a site for a decent amount, I think Google usually flips over to recognizing you as a brand and the penalties just waft away.
It's just so much BS.
I very much respect that attitude - I wish more people did as you did, diberry. I've done the same as you for my own sites that got hit by Penguin - I just kept on going despite Penguin. One site of mine gets about 250 hits a day, the only Google traffic it gets is about 10 to 15 visitors who type in the domain name into Google. Been penalised 13 months now. In fact, all my big money sites got hit pretty bad. It was a big worry at first, but I am still surviving a year on from it, and I'm in a much stronger position when I was so reliant on Google. Sorry Google, not going to start over, and I'm happy to make my customers happy, even if I can "only" get new customers through word of mouth instead of Google. If that's the way it is, I'm fine by that.