Lenny2 - 5:04 am on Jan 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
@Whitey - thanks for the input. I agree it's important to look at the numbers...
The hard part is figuring the "mathematical value" of "quality".
So far I'm resolved to be suspicious of every site and every ranking. I find myself analyzing the rankings of others... trying to find the combination of things that is creating their rankings... key word reports/link reports/domain authority/domain history/competition etc. etc. etc. the list goes on and on.
Finally, after all is said and done it becomes apparent that what I need to do (I say I, because I'm not smart enough to figure it out... many people smarter than I, I'm sure could figure it out...) and the answer is simple... very simple. I need to make pages that are kick-ass. I need to understand my niche... I need to understand my product... I need to understand my customer... and then build pages for my customers. Google will follow. After all it's what search engines do best.
I think I'll be out of panda when:
1. I stop looking at traffic trends
2. Stop checking the serps
3. Stop reading reports
4. Stop analyzing links
5. Stop trying to reverse engineer the algorithm
With all my extra time... creating top "quality" content.