brinked - 10:59 pm on Sep 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
I dont think we will really get anywhere debating when a site can recover. We are all just speculating.
That wasn't my intended purpose of this post. To be totally honest with you guys, I became so mentally exhausted with all the panda and penguin updates that I do not worry about them anymore. I focus on simply what works and what does not. What stuff gets you in trouble and what stuff gives you a boost.
Things have just become too crazy with all of these updates and quite frankly it doesnt even really matter. A lot of webmasters are waiting on the next panda and penguin refresh as if they will somehow magically recover after making no improvements to their site or making the wrong ones. They will read an article on a blog about how a site recovered from panda by changing their layout and noindexing a bunch of pages. Naturally they think doing the same thing will also make them recover.
Instead of worrying about panda and penguin, its more important to just focus on what is bad practice and what is good practice (in the eyes of google of course!). This sounds very simple but it is not. It is really hard to be unbiased when judging your own sites. And then what is worse are these people hiring so called seo experts who just get too technical with keyword density and all this other technical elements that they run through their automated seo analysis software and it is way off base.
I have made so much more progress lately keeping things simple rather than trying to figure out what panda and penguin is all about.
The purpose of this post was simply to point out that some penalties/algorithm adjustments are just so uncalled for. I really do not think it is fair to punish a quality site so hard that they can not be found and they really should be. Google is trying to make a strong statement but prioritizing penalties over returning relevant results to the end user is not a good strategy in my opinion.