atlrus - 4:20 pm on Dec 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
It is not fun to see hard working people face hard business situations but nobody ever said life was easy. The Panda update raised the water level in the webmaster pool. Some webmasters are very talented and have been able to keep swimming amongst this higher water level. Some other webmasters were not as talented and used outdated strategies so they were unable to keep afloat and sank beneath the water.
I do think that with enough time, money and creativity a site impacted by panda can be rescued. Though it might not be profitable to rescue certain sites and that might be hard to hear for some webmasters who are emotionally tied to their sites.
As for starting a new site, I would tell panda webmasters to take a step back and really think why a new site would have any different result than their current site. If your SEO knowledge is not strong enough to rescue your site from Panda, why would you expect a new site built using your current SEO knowledge to do any better?
You know all this is baloney, right?
Unless you have an inside connection - there is no way you can prepare yourself for upcoming algo changes. And if your website survived Panda, it doesn't mean you are knowledgeable SEO, it simply means that you were not affected by the algo changes. I have one set of websites that was killed by Panda and another that benefited greatly. How is this any reflection of my "talent"?!?
I am yet to hear about a website hit hard by Panda that has made a full recovery. I'm not saying it won't happen, it will happen and will happen exactly the next time Google decides to shake things a bit with a major algo change. And when that happens - the set of websites that benefited from Panda will drop and the set that was killed by Panda will rise again. It has been like this ever since I can remember...