Whitey - 11:41 pm on May 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
However, there are a few hit sites that have recovered - definitely not many, and especially not e-commerce.
@Tedster - there's only been one update, so how can you be sure?
btw - I've also heard from a good reliable source of a couple of recoveries from Penguin, but, again without seeing, it's hard to believe sometimes.
The updates of Panda and Penguin seem, by design or default, to be a permanent purge of sites that had held no long term value to Google. Either in user experience or for longer term commercial gain. At least that's what it looks like to me. I can't believe that with the footprint of knowledge that participants here have, that there have been no significant success stories. Somebody would have noticed.
But I can't blame Google [ even if I don't like it ] for making sure that all it's search real estate was occupied by tenants that either pay with a reasonable show, or organic folks that put on a good show for free.
If your show has relied on poor quality links and boring, "same old, same old" content scripts, I'd say Google is saying " no show ". And that's permanent.
With one landlord, to gain free entry, you have to impress. And I think that lines up with what Tedster is saying and experiencing.