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crobb, To me it seems like different things are happening with Panda depending on site size. I almost feel like if you have 1000 pages or less your site exists in a different universe than sites with tens of thousands of pages
Like "Bob came wearing a t-shirt and Nike shoes" is in my site and google is sending me one that is looking to find out more about Nike shoes in 4-6 words.
Google is on record saying they intend to know what we want even before we know we want it (or words to that effect), so I wonder if that is what is happening with your example? Instead of giving you what you actually want, they are serving you what they "think" you want. If that's the case, huge mistake, IMO ~ it will drive people nuts
Shatner - Have you changed anything to warrant a recovery?
I tend to agree with this assessment. It would be useful to generally point to what type of web presence we are referring to and whether the panadalization has any bias. For e.g. it appears to me most of the folks posting here are into ecommerce and almost totally at the mercy or lack thereof of G.
Other evergreen sites with 100% original content and direct traffic, say 30% or more can more easily withstand the panda storm. But even these sites are affected by that silly auto complete type in thing.
I can absolutely, positively tell you that sites that barely any (or none at all) social 'buzz' are ranking and in quite competitive niches.