brinked - 9:58 am on Apr 16, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: brinked at 10:01 am (utc) on Apr 16, 2011]
shatner, of course there are exceptions. Google probably sees slashfilm as being high enough quality to not be effected. there are so many factors we will never see. slashfilm doesnt have ads at the start and end of the articles. It has it in the middle of the articles but theres enough content to offset the ad.
There are certain patterns that many (not all) the effected sites have. I know exactly why my site was hit, and hopefully in a few weeks I can come back to brag about how I recovered. I just have a feel for any given site, I am a very good judge of character when it comes to websites.
Again, there are so many factors that go into this, I am not saying this is the only factor, but I think its a strong one. We are not fully examining these sites, so who knows what other underlying issues that have.
@londrum so you're saying that google has a system to detect what articles are quality and which are not? I hire a writer who is extremely talented, I pay him $150 per 500 word article, I only use him when I want something done right as he is the best writer I know. He writes for many websites and he has showed me at least half a dozen sites he writes for that were hit by panda. If google thinks his content is poor then google needs to re evaluate themselves.
If you think google can detect which content is truly useful for a reader then you are giving google way too much credit. They my be able to spot obvious poorly written articles, but there are severe limitations on anything like that they can produce.
[edited by: brinked at 10:01 am (utc) on Apr 16, 2011]