purplekitty - 7:02 pm on Jul 18, 2013 (gmt 0)
Traffic recovery for me seems to have leveled off, but I did do some looking at my WMT after ubound's post and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw.
Impressions are up by 400% for both sites. Site 1 went from 3,000 to 12,000 per day. Site 2 from 1,500 to 6,000 per day.
Site 1 visits are back to 2012 traffic. Site 2 visits are still about 25% less than 2012 traffic.
The only thing I did over the past year that I hadn't done before prior to losing my rankings is that I sent out two press releases for site 1 only.
I nofollowed all outbound links at beginning of this year thinking it was a penguin problem, but once penguin reran and it had no effect, I removed all the nofollows again to restore the sites as they were.
The only logical explanation for recovery for my sites is that there was something in the panda (?) algo that penalized/filtered my sites for popular keyword phrases. This update seems to have corrected that and removed the penalty/filter. Of course, I still have no idea what.
I'm so glad I didn't take more extraordinary measures as suggested by various seos on google groups.