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For Sistrix data 7.7% of pages from losers were of an advanced reading level compared to 3.4% for winners.
But I find it hard to believe that anything on eHow or with Demand Media is written at an advanced level.
It would not be surprising if Google testers "disliked" what some of them could not understand, due to lack of their own vocabulary ..and if those "dislikes" became folded into Panda in part.
Just because an article was not written by someone with a PHD means its not useful?
its sometimes actually better to write on a basic level that everyone can understand.
the reality is this panda update is not about 1 thing and the writers ability to write is not a major factor if it is one at all.
...that good writing often comes down to writing on complex subject matters in a way that idiot's can understand.
Johnmu just posted on his twitter about making sure your contact forms work properly, I think this is very important as well...
How else could they follow on-page search links?