Leosghost - 6:19 pm on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
I did not say use no imagery ( hardly likely to, as I'm an image maker )..I said using "stock imagery" was a dumb idea..How about trying using your own unique imagery ( sure it will cost you more..but..it will only be found on your site ..don't forget to "protect it"..watermarks .htaccess etc )..IMO, had you done so...you would not have been so badly hit..
And..sorry ( but if you read my comments, you'll know that I don't "dance around" the subjects, I don't think it helps anyone to do so )..but your place does just look like someone saw a lucrative bandwagon a year ago , and jumped on it taking care to look much like the rest but with a dotcodotuk so as to target the Brit market..
In which case..as there was an already long established incumbent..the way to co-exist with them ( they did not get hit ) was to...
Make it's content and images special, unique, and focused for the Brit market..from the beginning..day one of launch..plenty of ways to do that
Work on that make it "Uniquely Brit" aspect of your content and images..and you should recover..how long that will take ?..I don't know..
Google does not use precisely concurrent cycles for some algo types...
But a generic looking site ( despite what you say about your layout etc ) in that category was going to be hit..even if as I said I think the other looks spammier..
If you are going to post ..you should read TOS [webmasterworld.com] here..it will save the mods and admins having to remove your links..