If I am caught in "Google's Rank Modifying Patent for Spam Detection" what should I do? Just wait for the "target rank" to settle out? How do I know when that's happened?
Just because it's the buzzword of the moment doesn't mean that everybody is caught up in it all of a sudden. We don't even know if the technique is being used and, if it is, for how long it was being used (the patent was filed Jan 2010).
Back to basics: Your 9/12 post mentioned rankings but, again, not traffic, the only metric that is really important.