Simsi - 3:14 pm on Oct 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
I can't say I blame them, if I was unaffected I'd be reluctant to post up here what I'd done for fear of the next "quality update" shooting it down in flames
Not so much what I'd done as what I "hadn't" done in my case I think. I've never really got involved in linking schemes, exchanges, paid linking or any sort of targetted external linking. A few exchanges pre-2009 I guess but only a handful, now mostly dead. Nor for that matter have I got too many natural links unfortunately but that's not so uncommon in this niche. Each site has some inbound links but I'd guess no more than 15-20 or so, tops and not especially authoratative ones.
Throughout all these Panda/Penguin/EMD changes, across 8 sites (mostly ecom, mostly affiliate, mostly EMD) this last Penguin iteration was the only time I have seen a negative impact and it was only significant on one site, an EMD site I set up purely to hit a specific competitive key phrase which was doing very well but has fallen back to 50% of that. But at the same time, 2 of the other sites rose significantly (not EMD's), probably as a result of sites above them getting hit.
Over that time, most of my focus has been on trying to create content that enhances the user experience. Overall traffic in general has gone up only slowly - 5% a month maybe - but with no Panda/Penguin hits, it's enough that I've convinced myself that sites relying on links to get position are currently artifically positioned and will, as each new Penguin iteration hits, gradually start to fall away. And that includes EMD's as I firmly believe the algo has devalued EMD exact match anchors.
I may turn out to be way off the mark but the good thing is, my sites are getting better as a result of what I am doing. To be honest, I shudder at some of the stuff I had up there before I started this project LOL.
I'm begining to think that EMD sites overrode the Panda algo to some extent.
I would agree but only because content on an EMD isn't really a reflection on the domain name itself necessarily. Penguin would be more likely to whack EMDs imo.