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You might like to read the two posts Lisa Barone put together from Pubcon.
when a site is hit with Panda, it's PageRank, the web page's standing in the algo, is diminished. With the diminution comes it's inability to rank for phrases. If a site is unable to rank for phrases, it follows that other pages will come in to take it's place.
Right now it appears that if a good PR site decides to copy, they will pretty much outrank any smaller, lesser PR site.
Let's at least consider the fact that an authority site/high PR site can take a lesser sites content, post it (or all of it) and take the rankings from the originator
So in other words, people here are suggesting that if your site tanks, simply create a scrape of your own site, launch it, then enjoy what your original site enjoyed?
, re-write your article/post and have a small mourning moment for the beautiful, personal, well thought out content you originally wrote that no longer belongs to you
Get a thesaurus and rewrite all your content.
Have you added your Author Profile in Google?
So - what your telling me - is Panda hit me because my site lost authority?
This is a full circle mess. People are now suggesting that your site lost authority, and therefore the scrapers outrank you. That's to suggest that you are in the wrong and that you have something to fix. It's to assume that the algo isn't a fault here. That's a damn big assumption to make.
[edited by: indyank at 10:05 am (utc) on Nov 21, 2012]
I feel like I should stop writing any kind of content for the time being, because I am only spoon feeding the thieves.
A lot of people talk about big brands getting a free pass, but they have the resources to create types of content that are far more difficult to copy: widgets, tools, and games that work with server-side technologies.
[edited by: gouri at 3:14 pm (utc) on Nov 21, 2012]
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 11:55 pm (utc) on Nov 21, 2012]
[edit reason] added "not" and removed specifics [/edit]