Unfortunately, because of exams and pure laziness, I let my sites slide instead of putting in extra hours to get them back up.
I've picked up things since then, but I'm still not where I was pre-Panda.
My perch affords me a limited view, but I can at least make out that Panda has definitely changed things dramatically. Many SEO strategies that used to work before aren't quite panning out today. Forum profile links is now just a waste of time and even article marketing isn't delivering the same results (my observations).
I would like to ask you, fellow warriors, how Google Panda has changed your strategy? What are you doing differently now than you did before Panda? Are you still making the same sites, or are you moving on to other projects?
As for me, I've given up on building micro niche sites. It's difficult to create backlinks for them, and most of my micro niche sites were heavily punished in the update. Auto blogs are also a big no-no.
From what I've seen, forum profile links delivers almost no returns, and even article marketing isn't quite what it used to be. Blog commenting has been severely abused and isn't delivering worthwhile results.
I've taken up social media much more aggressively now and have a Twitter presence for all my sites. I've also switched to creating larger, niche dominating sites that attract backlinks automatically. This, of course, means much more work on my part, but I feel this is the right direction and will deliver solid results in due course. I've updated the design to focus more on retaining users than generating ad clicks. Previously, the average user used to spend around 20 seconds on my sites, collectively. Now this figure is up to more than 3 minutes.
I've altered the content heavily and instead of focusing on keywords, I'm emphasizing more natural sounding, well edited, well crafted articles. One tech related site I run could give Gizmodo a run for its money!
So I ask you again, fellow warriors, what changes have you implemented in your sites and your SEO plan? Let's have a meaningful discussion on this topic because from what I can see, most newbies are still sticking to old SEO methods that aren't quite as effective in the post Panda world.