backdraft7 - 2:09 pm on Jun 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
Just throwing in my two cents between the rage posts...
Recovery remains very slow with a weekly ebb & flow towards the positive. Not making any major changes on the site, yet it continues to slowly recover. This proves my theory (in my case at least) that it's not the site per se, but Google that's still broken. Bing results are fantastic.
My Analytics "delta" has gone from -29% a few weeks ago to -15% today, indicating a 14% improvement.
Much of what I am seeing is normal seasonal fluctuation, but there are still the zombie periods, like yesterday with 6 sales in "normal" intervals between 6am and noon, then nothing for 16 straight hours. These patterns concur with observations from other webmasters who I am in daily contact with.
I would have to agree that some of this appears to be manipulation to force increased Adwords spending by supplanting your former organic positions with any existing Adwords positions that you have already set up.
This seems to hold true for my case.