My main site, I assume, was hit by Panda last year. Needless to say, it hasn't recovered yet. Despite many changes -- improving content, adding tags for better navigation, and keeping users in mind -- I am yet to see traffic going upwards. This had me thinking though.
I cover various topics in this site -- and write from my own experience. Now, for example, let's say the site has 10 topics. On every topic, I will write news, tutorials, etc.
Consider a topic about torrents (in fact, I have this topic on my main site), and the rest of the topics are technology, gadgets, etc. Can the torrent topic affect the entire site? I assume Google Panda algo flags content that is inappropriate, thus forcing the entire site to rank lower in SERPs.
To be clear, I am not hosting any torrents, or linking to any torrent sites. I am just talking about torrents, and how they are used, etc.
This topic still gets traffic (although there's a drop after Panda) and users find them useful according to the comments, but Google hates them? No? How do I know?