maxmoritz - 6:53 pm on Feb 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
My first guess here (and it is a guess) is that the Farm Update leans too heavily on the Scraper Update of a few weeks ago. And the Scraper Update does not yet do a very good job at identifying the original source of content, especially for extensively republished content.
But my site and the site's of other members here (from what I've read) didn't have "republished content". The content on my site is entirely unique.
if you got whacked, you are similar to a scraper site in some respects, even if you are a good site...think about the attributes of a scraper site and then be the opposite of those bad boys. What does a scraper site not do, because they are robo-created and have crap content, that is a sign of quality? -- figure out the tough signs of quality that a scraper could never do and do more of that. My two cents, anyway.
I'm going to test that. It's a nice theory that would only make a site better. While the content on many e-commerce sites including my own, and some "info sites" may be unique, it could look to a machine like spun content from other sites like it. If the content on several sites isn't unique enough, maybe some of them get hammered (although that does seem way too heavy handed).