MrSavage - 9:26 pm on Nov 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
I have done a couple massive, and I mean massive overhauls on two or three sites. I would be hard pressed to do much else frankly. Given the time frame of most of these changes, I'm just not sure if Google has systems in place as to not be too transparent. In other words, if I was just to do what I did and on the first Panda rerun my site returns, then that's too dangerous. I'm looking for a possible next Panda or 2 months from now change in fortunes.
Think about it. If making tweaks over a couple weeks saw bounce backs on the date of a next update, wouldn't we all be here advertising that fact? I know that the last thing an algo needs is for people to figure it out. So I fully expect a return to glory to be buried enough that I won't be able to say exactly what it was or which update specifically allowed me to return.
Trust me, I have one or two throw away sites which I have been able to cleanse without hesitation. If in the next 2 to 3 months my rankings can't return, then this is far more tragic than I first thought. I know I'm not the only one with disposable sites that have allowed for mass de-SEOing, so please advertise the success in doing that. I'm all ears.