indyank - 3:32 pm on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
Those people are not involved in the process that finds connections between the many sites that one person might own.
They are being asked to find the connection, in certain situations, by using the whois tool.
Yes, I did mention that the fate of websites hit by panda were determined by the likes of those working for lionbridge (guess it was 6 months ago).
Everyone here might know that people were complaining a lot on how the copycats were ranking above them for any search on complete sentences, on their pages. This observation is valid to this date. There are lots of clues there on what triggered this post panda.
It is amazing that Google seem to have advised the EWOQ team to recognize copied content by searching
for an exact sentence from the text on the page. If it appears on one or more sites and if you find PPC ads surrounding the piece of copied content on the page (or site) being evaluated, then it would get automatically classified as "not useful" by this team. The presence of PPC ads seem to be a major hint in determining "usefulness" classification. It is definitely a major factor in the new panda world.Webmasters of eCommerce site have to think twice before deciding to place PPC ads on their sites.
An excellent read and it becomes obvious why you see a lot of foreign junk traffic and why several websites got quality demotions. Your pages either need to be "vital" or "useful" and not just "relevant". But this is determined by the "work from home moms" and the Google machines learn their work. Ridiculous!