Just to give an update as to what I think is going on with Google’s update. We’re well into June and it seems like things in some areas are maybe settling down. At least on this site with no real off site SEO (although I suppose I could have started to get some links naturally) it seems that the traffic peaked June 2nd with a smaller peak around June 12th.
The peaks could be related to freshness boosts on specific topics, but I’m leaning towards the idea that during that time external links were not getting their full value. I think they’ve added back a few more old factors into the secret sauce, and that’s the main reason this site isn’t getting as much traffic as it had a few weeks ago.
I’ll have a better idea of off-site SEO impact when I come up with another worthwhile original topic to write about.