wheel - 4:57 pm on Dec 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
Unless you have an inside connection - there is no way you can prepare yourself for upcoming algo changes.
That's the baloney.
If I have a brick house, no source of flames and a sprinler system I'm prepared against my house burning down. It's not a guarantee, but it's a mile different from smoking cigars in my house built of straw.
. I have one set of websites that was killed by Panda and another that benefited greatly. How is this any reflection of my "talent"?!?
It's a reflection of your talent because you didn't do any work prior to panda to ensure that you're not getting hit by algo changes. The fact that some didn't get hit is a matter of blind luck. The sites that didn't get hammered are likely vulnerable to the next algo update.
Just because people aren't building their sites with an eye to staying away from algo changes doesn't mean it can't be done. There's no 100% guarantee but one can certainly take some obvious steps to ensure that you're not getting hit.
And the baseline for that is little more than strong authority backlinks, a well designed site, and expert level content. And two out of three won't do.