How do you improve your content to get out of Panda?
I can't "improve" the pages, they are publication quality, that's what led people to steal so much from them. In the case I was talking about above, which is one of the pages I 301'd to my "good" site, I decided to bite the bullet last night and spend three intense hours rewriting the entire page.
Because the page involves technical procedural steps closely tied to images, it was possible to reword them all, something I couldn't have done in two days if it had been a prose essay of that length. In fact, I don't think I could reword an essay of my own, would have to start with a blank page.
Every site differs. There is ZERO repetition on the Pandalized site in question. Subjects are broken down logically, like books, and each page is essentially a chapter.
Google doesn't consider the use of a widget word repetition. Amazon is full of the word "book", the word "dvd", etc. But as I wrote elsewhere, I am wondering if the fact that none of the most common words for the site appeared on the most popular pages is now being used as a quality signal by Panda. It never used to matter. If that is the case, it's an easy fix by breaking up sites and moving content around, should be obvious by next month with some more experiments.
And Google would never know our main focus from the home page, it would only learn what the bulk of our pages were about. Those subjects (think my Civil War Reenactment example) are simply much, much less popular than the tiny section on nuclear power generation that gets all the links and traffic.
Never mattered pre-Panda. Our traffic all came from deep links to popular pages, not via the home page. If it matters now, so be it, but it's got nothing to do with quality.