purplekitty - 1:39 pm on Jul 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
Any ideas on what those additional signals might have been?
Nothing that I haven't said for a year in response to being called a spam link farm, my sites were ugly, I needed quality content, I have ads above the fold, etc.
The fact of the matter is that in my niche community, my sites are VERY popular. But not through signals the Google webspam team would be able to see, necessarily - newsletter subscribers, Facebook followers, Pinterest followers, etc.
Now, if Google started using Google Analytics or WMT data, it would see the traffic patterns resultant of those things. But Google has long maintained it doesn't. So I don't know what it would see differently from what it originally didn't like without utilizing some other resource. Organic backlink building before and after remains the same. Isn't that what everyone says Google uses? Backlinks?