walkman - 4:23 am on May 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
A number of Google-watchers feel that user metrics play a big part in Panda. If that's the case, then there may well be a long delay while user metrics show the kind of signals that Google is comfortable with as signs of quality.
Unless Google runs the algo how are they going to know that user metrics improved? Had they run it way more people would have come out and many more would have spoken about it. Maybe not the real 'secret' (could be as simple as deleted /tag/pages) but that they are up. I think it's a score, not do one small 'bad' thing and lose 70% of Google traffic. And of course rich content and links still do matter. How much is a different story.
I heard and seen some graphs where the traffic started to improve but it could very well be their international traffic picking up, or improve on Panda 2.0. Daniweb for example says she is back 'sorta,' but not really. Just a 10%-15% increase with the graph I saw and she really got clobbered on Panda international.
I think the wait is the penalty, and it is done deliberately the Google people. Of course they can do it because they rule the search market and probably makes them feel powerful. We need to learn and never forget.