walkman - 7:33 pm on Oct 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
Google discovered some new 'data' as soon as Daniweb hit the twitterverse causing Google to look stupid and showing how it's near impossible to come out of Panda. Amazing, maybe the 'data' was under someone's desk and Google used their "scientific process" to change the SERPs. Your site will be fine as long as it fits the exception they made for Daniweb. You do realize why you came out in July, right?
Seems like my main site is following Daniweb's patterns.
We recovered in July, and got creamed again September 27. Some of our keywords lost as much as 70% traffic. Our GA was all red after September 27. Worse, our Adsense went down the drain as well as impressions went down and RPM went down.
My pandalized site appears to be following Daniweb's recent patterns in the opposite direction.
Small recovery on Sept 27 (first since Feb 24) then yesterday...it's all gone. Worse than ever.
I lost some ranking too after the changes they made for Dani, but it's a small price for me to pay so some can be manually expected. I couldn't the bad press Google got so I am happy it's solved now, even if means even less money for me and tens of thousands of not-famous sites.
I think this panda update hit a lot of false positives again, and is the reason why Matt gave the weather report he gave yesterday - to be prepared for changes.
They don't care about false positives, they care about famous false-positives that can give them bad press.
Use adwords to advertise and see the difference in bounce rates between long tail and that. Bingo, I just gave away the secret!
Brand promotion is just a side effect of the Panda medicine. Brand websites have something that Panda wants but Panda doesn't want brands so go figure what it is that brand websites have that makes Panda boost their rankings and do that.