walkman - 2:32 pm on Jul 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think you have something there. My non-Pandalized sites are simple and do not have any ads for them. My pandalized site even for "my domainname" has dozens. So that may have saved them, not popular and not too commercial. But then many keywords that article sites didn't have popular keywords, in fact their strategy was to mostly target the orphan queries.
This is run separately from the normal algo and not all sites are pulled into this. If you have a page for a reasonably popular keyword (top 12% of keywords or something beyond that now?), then your entire site gets pulled into this evaluation.
1) Will Panda ever really learn to discriminate between good and bad sites/pages (because currently it get's it wrong a lot)?
2) How long will google stick with it before there's one less giant Panda in the world?
Google may well congratulate itself over what's been banished from the SERPS (article spam). But, that's only half the picture. They surely can't be happy with what is in the SERPS these days?!
Five months and I'm 100% sure something is rotten. My site may have been a lot of things on February, but sure it isn't worst now, yet I now get 50% of what Bing alone sends me. However they are measuring 'quality' is failing badly.
Panda may be a success for Google because they measure it differently. Google has changed, IMO they have realized that their days are numbered so let's use search to loot as much as we can and to promote other Google related junk, hoping to extend their life. All Google has it's search, nothing else to fall back to. Yet with FB, apps, MSFT, Apple and others (anti-trust on both sides of Atlantic) going after them, they feel the heat so they are removing even the 'do no evil' mask. Google peaked in 2009-2010, it's all downhill from here. Sadly, we're stuck in the middle and have to find a pocket or two to make a living.
Notice how many local searches show now, Youtube videos, how many (totally unrelated) G books show up for sentence searches and how many Blogspot sites show out of place. And then notice the ads and the top SERPS for most commercial results. See how many are from the same companies. It's not a conspiracy theory, check them out for yourself and wonder if it's a coincidence or not.
Maybe they fear that there's something in the anti-trust complaints so they are rushing as fast as they can? One thing is clear: Panda sucks and it's a huge break from their past actions. Yet, on month 5 we have to ask why it's still picking winners while killing others? Google could have very easily given Panda less clout in SERPS, not to essentially kill sites, but they did.