hannamyluv - 2:56 am on Jun 14, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: hannamyluv at 3:09 am (utc) on Jun 14, 2011]
Panda is aimed at reducing the rankings for low quality websites.
I don't agree with this and I think this is where many people run afoul of understanding Panda. Yes, low quality sites got hit, but that was part of a bigger picture. Panda is not just about low quality.
Let's think about MC's comment about iphones. Yes, there are many great phones out there that, in theory, "deserve" to be popular in terms of quality of technology and design. But they are not. Why? Answer that and I think you can start to see what Panda is looking for.
And no, it's not just about Twitter / Facebook popularity, nor about stickiness or links or ads or a million other things. But I think there is an element of looking for cult with Panda, which can touch all of those things.
I don't think you should be looking at how much quality your site has, but how much cult do you build?
*Added - oh, and cult is not popularity. They are two different things, but cult can lead to popularity.
[edited by: hannamyluv at 3:09 am (utc) on Jun 14, 2011]