MrSavage - 6:32 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
I'm going to seriously question the statement that copied content doesn't lead to Pandalization.
Sounds like a lot of people to me here are hit by Panda or recent Google algo updates. Who is to say what the cause is? Well I can say that in my instance, I assumed Panda was the cause of my rankings loss. Little did I know that that in fact some A hole framed my site and now ranks as the authority on my own content.
So please do tell that scraping/copied content isn't a Panda cause. I would suggest that 95% of Pandalized people aren't thinking that their issue might be related to the fact that site are scraping their content which have higher PR and trust in Google's algo and thus the "Panda" misdiagnosis.
How about it might not be Panda itself, but it might be that your content has been hijacked/scraped and thus you suffer the Panda effect. So in other words updating your content, 301'ing, rewriting articles, subdirectory additions, etc all may simply be nothing to do with why you are hit in the first place?
How about that? The first step to dealing with Google today is to take your damn content, paste it into search, and see if you're outranked for your own content. That's how you troubleshoot Panda/Google STEP #1. If not, then you will be wasting your time and anyone else that you are advising of getting out of Panda/Google algo hell.
There are a lot of smart people here, but bad advice is rampant. People are clueless ultimately about this situation. My mistake for 8 months of "Panda" was not realizing that a scraper snatched ownership of my content. I could rewrite and do all the stupid Panda "fix" solutions out there, however the culprit was in fact that a site was re-broadcasting my site and Google decided that they are the authors. That's it. It's not Panda but it is Panda.
So I'm mad yes. Of course Panda is widespread and collateral damage is everywhere! The fact is where are the advice articles that suggest your issue might be what the OP has said here? Nope. Instead the experts are going to suggest you blow up your site to deal with Panda. What a crock of S.