Reno - 10:08 pm on Jul 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
Me neither....there are a lot alternative theories
And of course most of us are in different niches so it stands to reason that the results we view will differ. But even a cursory view of the hundreds (or thousands) of postings at this venue since Pancer was unleashed on the unsuspecting WWW will substantiate that for many of the webmasters that participate here, the movement of large brands to higher positions has occurred.
Re alternative theories, I totally agree, and that's the thing about Panda ~ there is NO SINGLE component of the algo that we can point to and say, "see ~ THAT's the problem". It appears to me to be one of the most complex algorithms ever put into operation since the dawn of the internet (in fact, it may be THE most complex).
That being the case, I've come to the conclusion that there is no "figuring it out" because it's been brilliantly conceived to be inscutable.
I've tried to follow many of the threads here since the first Panda release, and as far as I can see, not a single person has indicated any response that is consistently successful in regards to regaining previous positions. And so, I do nothing for Google's benefit, because there is nothing to be done. Panda has won ~ game over. So in response, I'm finally following the advice of those many people who warned YEARS ago that the only path that made any sense in the long term was to utilize strategies that did not depend on Google. My Google traffic was decent back then, but even so, I should have listened more carefully ~ given the death toll, they were obviously right.