Let us start with that – not every algorithm should have a negative impact on your site. After the release of Google Penguin 3.0, which happened 18 months ago we read a lot of opinions where users stated that they are basically doomed.
No matter how extreme are algorithms like Penguin or Panda, you can still find a way to turn things around and improve your website’s rating. This is not new information, as it was said before, but John Mueller from Google brought the topic again in a Google Hangout on Google+ recently. John answered a question if badly affected ratings can be restored with the new update of the algorithm, and gave us some additional information:
Yes, I guess to some extent, if your site is affected by one algorithm and that algorithm has not updated that part of your rankings will probably remain the same. But luckily we have lots and lots of signals that we use for rankings. So it is not the case that your site is infinitely stuck there until the algorithm updates, there is always room for change.
It seems that even if you are hit hard by an algorithm, waiting for the next update is not the only solution, since you can be affected positively by other algorithms.