flicky - 5:54 pm on Feb 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
This would have to be one of the most frustrating weekends of my life.
My site has been penalized since November for something very simple. Re-inclusion requests have been filed admitting my mistake.
Saturday night at 6pm PST, everything came back to normal. All serps from pre-penalty were there. Shortly after the Super Bowl, approximately 24 hours after they showed up - they vanished again and the results are identical to the penalty results I've seen for the last 2.5 months.
During this 24 hour window, all data centers showed the pre-penalty results... caffeine even showed better results.
Why would google do this to someone? Don't they understand that emotions are involved? Highs and lows like this are very unhealthy.
Has anyone seen behavior like this? Any observations you can offer?