brinked - 6:56 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think you misunderstood my post.
Amazon offers a wide range of products so it is completely irrelevant here and goes against what I was saying. Unless every page on amazon has the word "book" and/or "dvd" in it, it doesn't fit what I was saying at all. I was talking about specialty sites that have the same main word or phrase in pretty much every page of the site.
The point I am trying to make is that there is certain behavior webmasters follow when they try too hard to rank for a wide range of keywords under the same spectrum. I am talking about a balance in content. How your site is broken down has nothing to do with my statements.
To say your site has zero repetition is silly as every site has some kind of repetition. If your site is using a server side script such as php or .NET then there is definitely some sort of repetition. Regardless, that is not the point I was trying to make.
I also do not claim that anything is cut and dry. There is no single factor that defines panda, there is much much more that goes into it than that. It is all about trying to see what exactly panda is seeing. The quality of your site is irrelevant. Your site was hit by panda because google saw something on your site that made it determine it was not high quality. Your site might be the single best, most highest quality site on the net, but it does not matter if google does not think so.
It is no longer about what we consider to be high quality. Think of the SEO game as being a student in school. Your project may be brilliant, it may win you fame and fortune in the real world. However, if your teacher thinks it is crap than none of that matters. Google is the teacher and there is nothing us students can do about it but impress our teacher.
When you can stop talking about how great your site is and start looking at the real flaws of your site, then you will have a better idea of what direction to go in. I don't care how great any given authority site is, every site has flaws and every site can be improved in some form. Websites are made by people and nobody is perfect.
I have been asked many times by webmasters to review their site, some from this very community. They all come to me saying how great their site is and how their site should have never been punished. In every single instance I found many flaws. Sometimes webmasters are reluctant to take my advice because they are stubborn in their ways. This is no longer about how many SEO articles you read or how long you have been in this game. The game is always changing so you can chase the algo or you can actually look at your site with an open mind and try to pinpoint its actual flaws and improve them. Even if you do not recover, improving your site can't do much harm, especially if you're already being punished by google.