TheMadScientist - 1:15 am on Nov 29, 2012 (gmt 0)
Aright, almost done with the first page and the next thing 'jumping out' is it seems like people are looking for 'the one thing' wrong...
Sorry everyone, but there's not one thing wrong any more these days.
With the complex implementations G is using (Panda, Penguin) my guess is there will not be 'one thing' (accurately, definitively) found to be causing a rankings drop with any affected site (there may be one that 'tips the scale' more than others, but I think to say it's 'the thing' would be inaccurate), but rather a number of things which when put into the 'complex #*$!tail', as tedster very aptly calls it, contribute to the ranking loss (IOW: when combined they 'add up to a problem').
(I'm going to stick with basics and this is just an example off the top of my head to show 'things adding up', I'm not saying these are the metrics used.)
Your titles are changed with a frequency of N/TimePeriod and the average title change frequency is .8N/TimePeriod.
Your pages have a backlink profile where N% of your backlinks are exactly the current or previous title of the page, where the average backlink profile of sites having exactly the title of the page is only .9N%.
You have repetitive keyphrases (or even highly similar co-occurring phrases) within your Title, H1, H2 and Link text at a rate of N/.6N/.4N/1.5N and the average is N/.5N/.3N/N.
You have N(Total) co-occurring phrases per N2 paragraphs which gives you N/Paragraph where the normal usage within your niche on the same topic (<-- that's important) is only .7N/Paragraph.
And when the preceding is 'all mixed together' your site appears to be 'spammy' (for lack of a better phrase) even though you're not 'way out of line' in any single area and some of the areas you may or may not even have control over.
Hey! How come tedster can say #*$! and I can't? Grrr ... I guess administration has it's privileges lol