falsepositive - 7:06 pm on Mar 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
This is what's frustrating about Panda: I am seeing empirical evidence here on quality: my colleagues in the same niche are comparing notes and it seems that sites that are smaller, with bad ad placements, inferior user metrics, fluffier content and even PAID LINKS are winning. Sites that are larger and by all accounts much better in quality (site design appearance, user metrics, deeper/richer content) are being devalued because of they may carry more ads, are duplicated. Some of the smaller, inferior but winning sites even increased in PAGE RANK even with the existence of paid links. Imagine that!
It's strange -- but sites with obvious paid links but no adsense are doing better than sites with more adsense and no paid links. How ironic!