walkman - 1:56 pm on Jul 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
Panda is good at penalizing sites, often innocent ones, and leaving them there, as scrapers take their place. And at promoting Google's bread and butter: brands. Looks like Google's brightest minds are at Public Relations, Adwords and UI divisions, figuring how to fool people and squeeze more and more money from site owners.
And they have a few sadists that decide when sites innocently caught in their net escape.
Bottom line, Google has fooled the world with their "do no evil" and "we're the smartest people on earth" crap. Don't buy it. No doubt sorting trillions of pages is tough, but 99% of people wouldn't mind using Bing and probably 80% DuckDuckGo which is essentially a one man team.
As far as I can tell Panda is applying certain metrics to sites and unless you fit them, you lost 60-90% of traffic. Just like that, and now it's content neutral, meaning content no longer matters once you're pandalized. What Google did is not brilliance, it's carelessness with a cold heart since your site could be misclassified, you display the content in a certain way that produces different metrics etc etc.
They increased the margin of error and 5 months later they don't care about those innocently hurt, especially since Goog's earnings went through the roof. Had their earnings suffered, as many here incorrectly predicted, Panda would have been pulled right away. Now they are not willing to mess the great racket they got. Google.com properties apparently got a 39% increase in earnings from last year , if siliconvalleywatcher.com is correct .