@Convergence funny you mentioned "STAY dead". I watch a group of our old "satellite" sites and usually before they burn up in the atmosphere G does something to give them a little more altitude. Logic says they should be DEAD dead but day to day observations are that competitive sites are using those same tricks and getting away with it when they do it on a large enough scale. Good temperature gauges they are.
@backdraft (you're beating Miss Freebie today! Where are those "images for..." usually located, above or below you? No need to answer but it gives me the opportunity to add that those and news listings can reduce traffic significantly if they aren't your images or news articles, put a nice block or 3 AdSense ads over those images RIGHT NOW and you got no traffic buddy and a cozy spot close to the fold.) That Penguin algo... someone here mentioned a while back, in part, that a possible factor in that might be shopping cart sophistication. That sounds really reasonable to me, wonder if it will affect PayPal much if sites with that simple checkout process get washed out by giant$. Maybe it'll understand the difference between Mom and Pop and MEGA.