SincerelySandy - 4:47 pm on Dec 30, 2005 (gmt 0)
I'm not a fan of these update threads but I thought I would contribute my experience in the hopes of helping someone...
One of my main money making sites lost it's positions somewhere around march. Some of the interior pages still had decent positions but the homepages of my subdomains all took a dive. I had survived all previous updates without a scratch.
My positions in the other search engines were fine and so I decided it was a problem with google and not my website. So I ignored google and concentrated on working on my site and creating new ones. I did not make any site structure changes or spend my days hunting down hijackers and theives. I just kept working on my site, making it better for visitors, not google. Once again, no structure changes or www redirects.
My biggest money making site no longer needs google traffic but a few days ago it reappeared to it's former excellent positions, maybe even better.
I am so thankfull I did not waste a bunch of time reading forums and trying to fix my site for google. Because I used my time to continue building new sites, while still regularly maintaining my old ones I am in a much better situation now. The fact that my google traffic has reappeared for my main money making site is just icing on the cake.
IMO unless you have employees doing your work for you, you should probably spend more time working on your sites than reading forums and riding the SERPS roller coasters, or at least find a balance.