Whitey - 9:47 pm on Oct 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
A few things I observed :
Brands have been promoted, but the algo is not producing good sets of results. As i mentioned earlier 4 out of 10 organic results were from the same site for a couple of common phrases i checked which is not a positive sign for search quality.
If you get out of Panda by breaking an initial threshold, you probably need to treat this as the first step of an infinite set of adjustments.
Sites that are coming into the results contain all sorts of junk, versus sites that were often well organised. Shopping sites have been hit amongst others and Google intends or already does replace these with focus on it's own properties. So if you want to compete, buy adwords etc consequent to the intended disruptions.
Big corporates with large Adwords spend cannot strategically ditch their dependence on Adwords. Pump up their figures with inflated organic, and then pull the rug from them as well and see what happens.
I maintain the view that Google is screwing the juices strategically out of global organic to introduce revenue lifts via it's own properties.