Could there be a lot of confusion in attributing ranking success of brands post-Panda with Panda instead of Vince? We talk a lot about different iterations of Panda (1.0 to 2.5), but not about Vince.
Do we know for a fact that while we've been focusing on Panda, quietly Vince has not been updated - and perhaps even several times? Could we already be on Vince 3.0?
Each major Google update builds on or works alongside the previous updates. They don't replace them. I don't know much about Vince, but it was just before Panda.
My only site which "recovered" from Panda may have actually not recovered from Panda per se, but simply got a benefit from an update to Vince.
I suspect sites can get protection from Panda if they are considered great by Vince. In my sector I've seen a number of brand sites which should have been hit by Panda get protected and even bumped up. But they were already doing better after Vince. Since Panda they went higher.
Are there any or many sites which got respect from Vince which then got hit by Panda? Is the solution to Panda to get respect from Vince? "Brands are the solution, not the problem. Brands are how you sort out the cesspool."
--Eric Schmidt, CEO, Google [adage.com