Good evening Webmasterworld, I'd love to get your thoughts on Panda and image-centric websites. Everything I read regarding Panda, is all about textual content and how Panda is designed to target "shallow" content. i.e content with little depth.
I'm yet to find a decent discussion on Panda and art / image stock websites such as DeviantArt.
For those who don't know DeviantArt, it's the largest community of artists in the world. The pages are created by users, who upload their work. Their art speaks for itself, and it's rare for an artist to give a description above a couple of words.
Obviously it's not viable for the admins to manually add longer descriptions to these pages, a) because there isn't enough time in the word and b) because it's not ethical to alter a users page. Nor would it be right, for admins to force users to write longer descriptions. After all, we design our websites for users, not search engines.
In my niche in particular, some websites have large chunks of generic text, that replaces certain keywords with the title of the upload for example. In your opinion, would this be a positive or negative addition? Are some words better than none, even if they're largely duplicate and generic? The biggest websites in the niche, opt to have no text, beyond the usual titles, h1, users description etc.
Obviously on page SEO is hugely important in any niche, but perhaps even more so in niches that are image-centric.
Do you guys have any ideas, on how I can add perceived value to these pages?
I like to believe, that Google is smart enough to score websites relative to the niche they're in. All of the websites in these niches, are sparse on text, therefore won't give them a big fat Panda slap for that reason alone.
One of my sites avoided Panda entirely, until we updated our CMS that introduced a number of duplicate content bugs i.e 56 copies of the homepage and on the next refresh, we were hit. As I say, I like to believe this is the reason we were hit and not because of the lack of textual content.
It would be great to have your input.