Nagani - 1:41 pm on Sep 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
Since Panda, the only site I look after that was affected - lost 4 places on page one to Keyword domains - the sites that 'leap frogged' mine, are badly made, have very little content, slow to load and have, from what I can see, very little merit for the industry - apart from the Domain name.
Yes, since Panda, one of my sites that has just local listing back links lost to a brand new keyword domain with no back link. Another brand new keyword domain sprung up to the first page at the same time. My conclusion is Panda put more trust in the keyword domain than it did before. Of course, the competition is pretty low for that keyword. For highly competitive keywords, the importance of keyword domain is less significant, especially in Google USA.