outland88 - 12:45 am on Aug 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
As BW100 wisely ascertained there are multiple problems with the described formula. I always go back to the law which is establishing ďthe intent to copyĒ and the gold standard is copying verbatim. In all fairness though I havenít looked at the whole set of facts and it probably was spinning.
Interestingly I wrote a well detailed article that ranked very well for six months then vanished with Panda. It was perplexing. Lo and behold almost the exact article appeared in a major magazine and garnered the same ranking I once held. The author of it had contacted me about three months earlier for references for the research. I didnít reply to the e-mail because I didnít have time to do his work and mine and thatís what the mail was essentially about. Google though had listed my work as similar to theirs in the results but I no longer had a page in the results.
The gist being the larger brand had won out and with Panda it will likely stay that way. My article is number one in Bing and the copy doesnít appear there. As I said back in Nov-Dec Google is headed in the direction of professional journalism standards and brands. That likely takes precedence over indie and unknowns.