crazybrain - 3:14 pm on Jan 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
The current competition is big box stores which basically take up the first page search results. My site is not an ecommerce site. However, I have been able to get above these brand names stores with older pages (some of these pages are 5 to 6 years old). In fact I am first and second for some very good 2 and 3 keyword phrases.
No I do not believe I was hit by Panda. My site stats did not take a hit this year. In fact my total visits and hits have steadily grown throughout the year (as I have been adding content).