Planet13 - 3:56 pm on Apr 29, 2012 (gmt 0)
One big concern I have, btw, with regard to these thin eHow pages ranking again, is that their resurgence might indicate that we're in a popularity contest among "well-dressed" sites, and old jeans and overalls may be out for a while.
To me, if we are looking at onpage factors only, I would think it would be easy for us smaller "experts" in a particular field to compete against them. I mean, the average ehow page really only has a low bar to have to beat, both in terms of content and layout (I find that they have way too many ads interfering with the user experience, and I am surprised that google doesn't feel this way, too).
However, if the ranking is based more on site-wide factors (such as overall domain "authroity" or "trust") then I really don't know how one can outrank them.
One who knows their topic well can EASILY create a page that is more informative and helpful than ehow's pages, yet much more concise and user-friendly than wikipedia's pages, yet be swamped by the tidal wave of "authority" that these two domain's have.
So I guess my question is whether the Panda effect has been rolled back, or whether ehow / hubpages / etc have discovered some new formula for overcoming Panda (hubpages CEO mentioned putting individual authors on separate subdomains). Or whether it is part of a more elaborate "test" by google (as Robert Charlton alluded to).