tedster - 4:26 am on May 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
As much as Penguin is supposedly about link profiles and anchor text, could it be that other factors are used to determine if a site qualifies for a penguin penalty?
Amen. A tweak to link profiles and anchor text would not require a team to take months to build a new algorithm.
Google has never specified what Penguin is
No they never specified the exact factors. But they have given some suggestive comments. From Google's original Penguin announcement: [insidesearch.blogspot.com]
Sites affected by this change might not be easily recognizable as spamming without deep analysis or expertise, but the common thread is that these sites are doing much more than white hat SEO; we believe they are engaging in webspam tactics to manipulate search engine rankings.
I'd suggest that most members here (me included) might easily fall under the above description. I know that I backed WAY off from the kind of "SEO" that I used to do.