nadavs - 7:47 pm on Oct 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'm still enjoying the lovely view of page 5 thanks to Google's brilliant algorithm which thought my new domain received too many links at once, so I wasn't heavily affected by the recent change.
However, I saw an increase in Google traffic (a huge 57% increase - from 7 hits to 11).
The funniest part is in GWT, which shows me 3,667(!) links from an .edu site I've been commenting on recently. I have about 10 links there, but thanks to WP's link structure, Google somehow managed to find thousands of links from there. Needless to say, they show about 20 of them.
Maybe now, with such an influx of .edu links (they ignored all other .edu and .gov links for now) I'll move back to my original ranking.
Lenny2 - brilliant post! Right now I'm getting used to my new traffic level, and I think my writers understand the situation. Luckily I have enough reserves from the good times to keep the site running. Anyway, I'm not going to run on negative ROI under any circumstance.
Good luck everyone. Google may be an important factor of our income, but it's not the only one. A company can't earn billions while it ignores its customers (that's us - make no mistake). Sooner or later they'll fall or have serious competition. Then I want to see them torturing webmasters with truely great websites.