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And, above all, it would explain why we don't have any changes in rankings yet after working on a ton of quality issues that Google has mentioned, from removing anything remotely "thin" to putting Adsense further down, or removing Adsense, to putting better/more content higher on our pages, to speeding up the site, to reducing bounce rate, increasing time spent on site, increasing pages per visit, etcetera, etcetera...
I am starting to think that maybe Google is measuring these INDIRECTLY. Fix them all you want but that may not matter unless they get the 'singals' from users.
Matt Cutts: [youtube.com...]
Users need to send Google signals about your content, not sure how much signals and content each weigh but social could mean life or death for some sites. If you improve, you'll move up the next time. But you need enough users /visitors for that first.
Panda has been re-run.
It's hard to imagine Panda was your issue
[edited by: DirigoDev at 11:03 pm (utc) on May 25, 2011]
The trick for us from now on (in addition to building links and all that we usually do) will be to find out what is making our users unhappy and to fix it. Thus, we have to give Google what they've always wanted. Happy users.
SEOs lost the battle but not the fight. I'm sure people will find a way to game it (Mechanical Turk armies?) but until then we have to get and maintain lots of happy users and hope - for crying out loud - that some of this stuff works... SOON.
There is definitely more to it than just users, I am sure sites are getting pandalized for duplicate/thing content also, that is somewhat algo related.
I'm surprised to learn there are legitimate sites on blogspot.
I believe the first person mentioning they use user metrics along with Panda was Rand Fishkin from seomoz and Rand has been at the Plex a few times. Look at his face when he says "Panda" ;)