walkman - 12:34 am on Mar 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
So what do you think Matt did? Did he run to the plex and slap down the big red Rank Higher button? How hard did he hit the button? I hope not too hard or the site would be #1 for "Apple." Oh wait, he had someone tweak thousands of keyphrases...
How many times have we heard of re-inclusion requests, or asking 'GoogleGuy' to check something and Bam!, it's up again. I think that this latest one is either another layer or each site might have 1-100 rating. It's possible that they gave him manually the pre-farmer rating or removed that layer that penalized the site. To suggest that Google can't do that is kinda dumb. No way Google trusts their algo 100% and leaves no entry for human action.
Google got embarrassed as many are complaining but one high profile site gets its ratings back up after being written up. Doesn't look good for Google, as other hit sites are laying off employees, does it? What's Google going to say, yes we gave him his previous rankings, but screw you?