dusky - 7:56 pm on Jun 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
You are giving me some hope folks. By the way, do you see a correlation between your site traffic increase and the site: operator?
Actually, in my case no, in fact it's the opposite for some reason, the less site: numbers the better the site is moving up the rank, but I guess that is where the crunch is. The fact that the large site which has returned to the top in many of its pillar keywords, though still with a lot lesser traffic than it should, explains the site: number, perhaps the site is only assessed on those numbers until further pages are added to the index. Gbot is at it again like crazy, longtail somewhat wrong in some places.
The interesting phenomenon with the longtail exact phrase search is slightly better, before when you searched for a 70-100 character phrase unique only to your site and can't possibly all of it exist in any other site, G* somehow returns other sites which may have at least two or three words of that phrase, but not yours at the top.
Even inurl: numbers are way down which also makes sense. My guess is they are starting to apply the new algo mayday tweak on what number of pages re-indexed already, instead of waiting for every doomed large site'e total re-index. Probably felt the wrath and the heat from many of us here and elsewhere, and thought OK re-rank those sites anyway, at least they'll gain some lost traffic and we'll do the rest next month or as we go.