jabird - 7:47 am on May 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
Tedster, I couldn't see any references to this issue when I googled it, so yes it is very very strange to me! I have been off ill for much of the last 3 years, so the site was managed by my brother. He re-launched it about 2 months ago, but the new site left out much of the content I'd built and used a different url structure. Panda hit us hard and the new site earned little revenue, so we went back to the old one.
walkman. Obviously, continents and countries are finite; we have about 800 places. We have a quick summary at the top of each page, then a table of widgets relevant to the place, then some detailed text. Towards the bottom there is a link to other widgets in the same country - perhaps that is a slight boiler plate problem? Then there is a list of news headlines about widgets, then at the bottom 2 sentences of standardised text along the lines of 'widgets place, details about place widgets, widgets country'. But this is minimal (approx 35 words). Left and top nav are standardised - also about 35 words.
I should add that we also have news.domain.com - these pages are 'pure' content without the tables or any real attempt to optimise. They are indexed normally.