purplekitty - 4:13 am on Apr 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
Just to go back a bit, there was only one popular keyword phrase on one of the websites I didn't lose rankings for. Everything else, gone. I've tried to figure out why that one phrase maintained (and still does) first page ranking and I just don't know. I don't see anything different with links to my sites for that phrase versus others that were there, then gone - poof.
At this point, I think it's something within the Penguin algorithm itself because I didn't nofollow my links between my own sites and I figure I won't see a change in my rankings until the next Penguin update. At least, that's what I'm hoping for since I'm pretty discouraged and I've done everything I can think to do, continue plugging along, adding new content with no change in Google ranking except for one thing, which I don't think is a coincidence.
I did a press release at the beginning of the year about hitting 2,000 "free-blue-widgets" which got picked up by some popular "blue-widgets" websites/social media and I started ranking again for variations of "free-blue-widgets." Not very high and not at all what I lost, but it was something at least.