coachm, true to a point but they have made quite a few exceptions, namely for brands. When you say we can't hit this and that, what's left? Us.
Second, we are up against math: Google has said that they want to send more visitors to "high quality sites" so others will be left to die soon or later. What's a "good quality" site, we know.
And even worst for us, Google is seeking to send even less and less visits to webmasters. They say this on their 10K filings with SEC and latest numbers show it, they had an increase of 13% more clicks within Google than the previous 3 months. A 13% increase in just 3 months! [webmasterworld.com
So many of the Panda demotions, might be not be demotions at all, just less clicks being sent down.
I would buy your theory 100%, if all types of sites were being hit, but it's month 8 and many small businesses have gone BROKE because of loss of serps. A 10% increase in traffic to, say Sears, can bankrupt 100 small stores. And yes, it's easy to say don't depend on Google, like saying to Google not to depend on electricity or on the Windows Operating System because Microsoft can pandalize you from their system.
As for Google fixing it (whatever fixing means) one day? Hah! They could have given panda less clout, say instead of the 'normal' 60% drop, sites would have suffered a 15% or 30% drop until Panda was fixed (if it's broken) but they chose not. In fact they tightened the screws pretty much after every update.
I am adding all the pages I deleted, stupid me could have gotten some referrals meanwhile but I listened to Google.
Btw: Panda is not /was not inevitable. Anyone knows that site-wide penalties or promotions are very biased and don't produce the best results. They punish many good pages and promote many bad pages. My competitors with hundreds of thousands of pages have a license to do whatever they want, add all the junk they can find because it will rank for many months and possibly years..
[edited by: walkman at 8:39 pm (utc) on Oct 18, 2011]