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Google: Penguin Update Dubbed ‘Success’ Despite Ups, Downs, Damage to Wrong Targets

According to WebProNews.com, Google is yet again, asking webmasters to report spam by filling out forms in regards to techniques competitors may be using to rank well in search. This is not the first, second, or even third time Google has requested users to report different types of spam in their search engine; they continually ask for user feedback to measure their algorithm changes to then tweak live results and Penguin has been no different. If anything, Google seems to be depending on user feedback more than ever with Penguin. Are they feeling guilty they’ve damaged the wrong targets? In a recent interview “search engine guru,” Danny Sullivan, spoke with the head of Google’s web spam team Matt Cutts  who stated that Penguin had been “a success from our standpoint.” Already said to have released its “Penguin 1.1 update”, which was announced by Cutts on Twitter, many are upset with results claiming that Google has sacrificed search quality in order to punish sites that use spam. Penguin 1.1 was announced on May 25th when Cutts posted a tweet which stated:  “Minor weather report: We pushed 1st Penguin algo data refresh an hour ago. Affects <0.1% of English searches”. Penguin 1.1 – Minor Weather Report Shortly thereafter, the first (and possibly only) solid Penguin recovery claim hit the wire, specifically with the WPMU.com recovery. WPMU was a site which had thousands of links pointing to it from themes which are Copyright WPMU. Should sites be blacklisted or ‘penalized’ for simply containing a