falsepositive - 9:02 pm on Jun 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
I can imagine the scenario you've described as being repeated across many sites. It reminds me of Google's stance on wanting a much healthier web. Remember their words straight out of their blog about Panda:
Google depends on the high-quality content created by wonderful websites around the world, and we do have a responsibility to encourage a healthy web ecosystem. Therefore, it is important for high-quality sites to be rewarded, and that’s exactly what this change does.
Right now, the words just ring hollow. But a part of me is hoping (and crossing fingers) that someday down the road they'll get it right. With all the work we're doing, the web ecosystem SHOULD ideally be much healthier going forward.
I believe I deserved the Panda slap 3 months ago. But I'm deserving it less and less each passing day (if I were to measure this against my own personal scoring system). And based on what I'm seeing ranking out there, I don't even believe I deserve it at all! And yet, traffic continues to slip.