walkman - 1:27 am on Jul 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
Does the site have duplicate, overlapping, or redundant articles on the same or similar topics with slightly different keyword variations?
----How to pick your nose on Monday mornings. Related article: How to pick it on Tuesday afternoons.
Are the topics driven by genuine interests of readers of the site, or does the site generate content by attempting to guess what might rank well in search engines?
----eHow algorithm that outsmarted Google by seeing what people search for.
Does the article provide original content or information, original reporting, original research, or original analysis?
----$8 article that must be done in 10-15 minutes.
Does the page provide substantial value when compared to other pages in search results?
-----Self explained since G ads need to be clicked to find the answer.
Is the content mass-produced by or outsourced to a large number of creators, or spread across a large network of sites, so that individual pages or sites donít get as much attention or care?
-----eHow & co paying people peanuts to create crap
Does this article contain insightful analysis or interesting information that is beyond obvious?
----All the insight and info $8 and 10 minutes can buy.
So as we can see I think it's pretty clear that eHow and other true content farms are to blame for Google needing to release panda that caught so many other innocent sites. Ironically, eHow actually got a traffic increase after the first Panda, giving Google a black eye.