wheel - 1:35 pm on Sep 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
Do you think Google has the ability (and will) to differentiate between shallow and good/organized content? I am skeptical.
I'd normally be skeptical too - but Panda seems to have actually done this to some degree (fallout aside).
My guess is, they looked at some pages that they considered 'good' content, compared it to some pages they considered thin and some of their language PhD's came up with some variables to test for. Then all they did was integrate those variables into the algorithm. We just haven't figured out what those variables are yet.
I'm confident it's possible though. Certainly any one of us can look at a page from the content farms and it's immediately obvious it was basically a regurgitation of a 5 minute drive by on the web. Why we can tell that by reading isn't clear to me - but if you can define why that is I think you'll be a lot closer to determining what factors are being used by Panda.