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That means that most of my pages contain text that simply recites known facts, facts that are available on a lot of sites. Doesn't seem to matter how many facts or words are involved, just that they are available in a lot of places on the net.
Those facts only play a supporting role on the pages. They support the unique content on the page.
[edited by: Zivush at 1:51 pm (utc) on Sep 22, 2011]
Do you think Google has the ability (and will) to differentiate between shallow and good/organized content? I am skeptical.
Walkman, if lots of people were writing about "Frog habitats in planet Jupiter" you'd only be #1 if you were offering a more insightful view or a more granular level of detail about Jupiter, the frogs in question and the challenges those frogs faced getting to and inhabiting the planet.
My guess is, they looked at some pages that they considered 'good' content, compared it to some pages they considered thin and some of their language PhD's came up with some variables to test for
This site does have a significant percentage of thin and shallow product pages (not a question of duplicate MFR content as much as a lot of specs and measurements.) But where that couldn't be helped, we built up the category pages, and added a lot of supporting CMS pages with text and videos and whitepapers to talk about applications and usage, maintenance, how to pick the right product, etc. In the cases where we have to go up against, for example, Amazon, for some products, we've built several related products into bundles and kits and all-in-one solutions that Amazon can't do. And we post *why* we've bundled products a certain way too, and we give the product line a branded name of some sort, and whip up a logo for it.
If they don't look after their brand and let standards slide, people will eventually turn away from them which google will detect and then any sub-standard web presence associated with them will be more vulnerable to Panda. But big brands don't tend to let that happen
The reality is that google is no longer the free for all it once was because there are too many people trying to cash in. It's back to the real world now - old rules apply.
You say it's not about words but I skipped all the Pandas until I stupidly reduced forum posts per thread page from 25 to 10 to see if page speed increased. The unaware side effect was spreading my content 'thinner'. 5 days later after a deep crawl Panda 2.4 released and i got dumped.