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Do you mean versus the outputs circulated by Google on "x % " of queries?
I question the usefulness of this metric to those affected and haven't seen an answer yet.
If Google's goal for users and site owners was to convey some hope to allow them to make required changes , I think it will take a great deal more traffic improvement relief to re create that opportunity to reinvest organically, for the majority of folks IMO.
When does Google turn down brands authority, so that they are not able to do anything and come away with this?
[edited by: Whitey at 9:49 am (utc) on Jul 23, 2013]
It's been on the lips of many good spokespeople directly to Google and and SearchEngine claimed a reaction to their complaint : [searchengineland.com...] with Matt Cutt's announcing [youtube.com...] He gives a timeline for improvement which is/was due around now.
Google previous updates have all been structured in a way to drive small businesses into Adwords if they want to get any appreciable traffic from their search engine.
I think you've brought up an interesting point. If someone has been boosted from, say, page 50 of the search results to page 2 or 3 for an important keyphrase as a result of the latest Panda update's "softening," his or her euphoria is likely to be temporary, because ranking 20th or 30th isn't likely to bring a whole lot more traffic than ranking 500th.
The lack of activity in this thread is a good indication that the soft panda was a dud for most small businesses. I really did not expect to see much anyway, to be honest. Google previous updates have all been structured in a way to drive small businesses into Adwords if they want to get any appreciable traffic from their search engine.
Most of my keyword phrase recoveries puts me back on page 2 where I was last summer before my sites were hit.
My impressions are up 400% and the resultant traffic has effectively doubled from pre-soft panda levels.