purplekitty - 4:59 pm on May 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
@purplekitty, I'd love to know the result of your experiment! If Google IS just punishing people for linking the way the web was designed for, maybe a whole lotta people will decide they're just done with Google.
Once we have a confirmed Penguin update, I will definitely post if I notice a change or not.
I'm not doing anything else differently from the last several years, so either that's my issue or there's something else I probably will never know. And instead of trying to figure Google out to regain those lost keywords/rankings, I'm concentrating my time and efforts elsewhere.