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Have you been penalized by Penguin?2726

Member DansCartoons private msg quote post Address this user
I was hit by Google's Penguin update back in 2012 and my site never fully recovered. Always wondered why my site never got much traffic. I now realize I need to go in with a tool to filter all backlinks, isolate those which are of no value and delete them...or if not, go to Google's "disavow" tool and/or write personal emails to specific webmasters asking for link removal.
If you've been hit, how did you do your own fix? From what I understand, Google no longer does Penguin algo updates but rather let's it's system hit sites automatically and moves on, is this true? Never thought I'd see a day where I am a slave to some artificial intelligence
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Student TParker private msg quote post Address this user
My understanding is:

Unless there is a manual penalty, I don't think there is any active harm in having spam backlinks. Google's algo automatically and continuously reviews the links and simply ignores those that are low value. So when you got hit, that was the hit. Your site won't continue to go down due to *those* spammy links. It might lose rank due to other links that the algo later determines to be spam.

Google still considers backlinks as one sign of a site's quality but there are hundreds of others. And, based on recent comments by Google reps on Twitter, I suspect that the algo doesn't pay much attention to non-contextual backlinks.

There are some comments by Gary and follow up tweets by SEOs in this Twitter Moment from June that discuss backlinks:
https://twitter.com/i/moments/870711490336088064

And a nice article detailing the different types of links and which ones are worthwhile:
http://www.randallreilly.com/think-links-dont-matter-for-seo-google-says-they-matter-more-than-ever/

Here's an article discussing Penguin's impact (from 10/2106):
http://www.webconfs.com/364/will-googles-penguin-4-0-and-possum-make-your-serps-go-wild/

Suggestions on content per Google's Quality Rater Guidelines (3/2017)
http://www.thesempost.com/updated-google-quality-rater-guidelines-fake-news-clickbait-targeted/
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Teacher SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
@TParker Great info
Thanks for sharing
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Member DansCartoons private msg quote post Address this user
much appreciated @TParker . . looking into all that and now see Penguin (and most likely the rest of the update names) are rolling updates. I see my best way to fight the 2012 hit is to continuously get quality backlinks and make more authoritative long tail keyword blog posts
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Student TParker private msg quote post Address this user
Yes, the whole SEO scene really changed in the past 18 months.I only do content, but even in that narrow area, it has been hard to keep up.
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Forum Owner Belew private msg quote post Address this user
I am of the opinion that the best thing any of us can do is provide quality content in a searchable format at a the greatest pace we can sustain WITHOUT losing the quality.

Satisfy your target audience.

The old wisdom of when to hit publish still applies.

Add something to the conversation.

If you are reiterating, regurgitating someone else's 'stuff', don't bother.

If you have something to add .... hit publish. That simple.
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Member DansCartoons private msg quote post Address this user
I have been blogging daily...a knowledgeable specialist told me not to be concerned as to the 2012 hit....continue publishing and in long tail keywords if possible (not to over-stuff keywords) so I will be considerate of that fact....but overall, have posted everyday all summer and the content I post is interesting to say the least, and offering my interpretations on the inner-aspects of my specialty....there is always something to write about
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