"Going to immediately try to adjust all my sites to see if my rankings improve."
"Yep, lost 75% of my traffic overnight. Anyone know any tips to improve rankings quickly?"
"Why am I slapped?! I'm completely white hat! My traffic is screwed!"
"Does removing Google Analytics increase rankings?"
"Anyone rebuilt entire site on a new domain yet? How is it working?"
In the months prior to penguin, I lurked a LOT. The soft chants I often heard were "Google isn't the only place to get traffic." and other boastful claims of how people were so proud of themselves because they didn't care about Google. Yet, it is astounding to me that sooooo many peoples' businesses (and even some making those boasts) were so dependent on stable rankings from Google and how much of an impact this latest update has had on their businesses.
Many, many, many were designing, writing, linking, and optimizing their sites trying to please Google to get those precious rankings. Now, a lot of people who followed the rules (and even more who didn't) aren't feeling the Google love and they're desperately seeking ways to please Google, yet again, to regain those rankings.
I guess the overall thought behind this rant is, "Why are so many people letting Google decide how they build, operate, run, and monetize their business!?" Basically working for Google, to provide Google with more content.
I'm just really in awe of how many poor souls have been negatively affected by the latest changes; honestly shocked. And, confused as to why in the world people would be begging for solutions and insights into how they can rework their business, now, to please Google.
I do understand that they are one of the main gateways on the planet for traffic, but the dependance and risk people are taking with their (and in some cases, their families') livelihoods on the whims of a fickle vixen like Google is mind boggling to me.
Diversify. Build your OWN traffic sources. Make a forum, make a blog network (who cares if Google hates them, screw Google), make a link swap program, make a social bookmark site, make a social network, something! Let Google organic traffic be a bonus that doesn't even make it into monthly projections. Learn to obtain maximum profit without Google and let all that just be a bonus that can disappear at any time and have zero affect on your lifestyle.
Just thinking out loud to my friends here at Warrior Forum.
Sorry for the long rant.
TL;DR version: Stop working for Google. Stop building your business, sites, pages, images, posts with Google in mind at all. Don't look to adjust your sites to fix your rankings, use that energy to make your own traffic sources.
If your traffic referrer logs show "Google" higher than "Bookmark/Type-in" you may be doing it wrong.