mslina2002 - 1:16 pm on Oct 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
Gee tedster, surprised you didn't say anything about using the "penalty" word. :)
That's not what I wanted to hear, now one has to spend small fortune branding some silly name
I have an EMD that has not been affected by any of the recent algo changes - Panda 20, EMD, Penguin refreshes, etc. I am sure if you look into any niche you will still see some EMD or PMD ranking on page 1. Ofcourse many will report that many of these don't belong there. But in my particular niche, I actually have not seen any movement or hardly any movement on page 1. Out of the 10 sites (average) that are there, 2 are EMD (one is mine) and 1 is a PMD. The rest are large brands. So I guess you can still rank but you have to have something to offer. In my case, none of the larger brands offer what I do.
My take is that in order to rank you need to take into account
On-site content + Off-site factors and links + Competitor analysis --> your rank.