diberry - 8:57 pm on Jul 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
No offence intended, but those figures say that, despite lots of remedial action, implementing all Matt Cutts recommendations, waiting for something like 15-16 months, the site is still 50-60% down on pre-Penguin traffic.
Why do you keep asking to see a full recovery when the topic of this thread is whether Penguin recoveries are incremental, starting with Penguin 2.0? I'm not being sarcastic, I'm just wondering if I've missed something.
I think because Penguins 1 and 2 were nearly a year apart, no one's going to see a clear cut recovery, at least not on popular keyphrases where a lot of other sites will have entered the market during that time. Whether that's a function of Penguin itself, a failure of disavow or just what happens when Google takes 11 months to re-run an algo critter, there it is.
What I saw starting in May was an incremental recovery of my less competitive key phrases. They gradually came back to their pre-Penguin 1 positions. My more competitive keyphrases... not so much. Plus, my most competitive ones are now in one of those niches Google carved out - the links across the top of the page. So I assume those will never rank the same way again, not because of Penguin but because of how Google added those niches.