netmeg - 2:52 pm on Jun 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
That means Panda is hunting for business plans that are essentially parasitic and feeding off the Google SERPs in some fashion or other. It's important to bump any "cleverness" up against that reality check.
THIS is the element that I myself have been watching closely since Feb 24.
My own observations have shown me that in most (not all but most) cases, the business plan that is clearly serving the users and has obvious unique elements to it can get away with, well, pretty much murder. Thin content, shallow content, no content, ads in the content, ads above the content, ads inside your eyelids. This is in good part why we see such a brand preference, even when the brands aren't the big ones. I'm talking about the kind of sites where it makes Google look stupid not to have them indexed and ranking. I don't think it's enough to have a site that has an exact ratio of content to ads, ads below the fold, 1000 page "articles" whatever, if your site and/or your business plan is still pretty much identical to a thousand or ten thousand or a hundred thousand other sites out there just like it.