ColourOfSpring - 4:39 pm on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
hort of investigating all the PENGUIN winners and losers and their strategies and I can't see that depth of research being finished in 5 days... you cannot possibly come to the conclusion you came to with any degree of certainty.
I've had a fair bit of time to analyse things since April 24th 2012. In that time, there's been overwhelming evidence across many discussion groups, my own experiences directly, my client's experiences, and also fellow developers' experiences (that I know and speak to regularly)...that Penguin affected many sites negatively that didn't engage in any "DIYSEO" (they didn't engage in any SEO) - but got penalty-like demotions. Perhaps you may argue they are victims (I think this is the right word in this particular instance!) of negative SEO? Or merely "unfortunate" to be penalised as false positives from a "wonky" algo? In either case, it's not exactly ideal and it doesn't instil much confidence to realise Google can get it so very wrong so very often.
what part of Google's guidelines are lying to you?
wilburforce mentioned that Google may be advising us one thing (in the guidelines), while DOING something that works against that advice they give us - that's obviously misleading us if their advice makes zero difference to how they determine their rankings.