Drat, since that last big update in march(?), we'd been riding the alta gravy train. Everything we'd thrown at it had ranked well. This week was d'day. We lost almost all our top rankings and very few new top rankings came about. It is going to be interesting figuring out just what the new algo is about.
Well, we'd come pretty close to old algo under a couple of templates. Probably 300 pages near the top - A hundred were fluff targeted kw's, another 100 industry related, and about 15 of them the high quality prime choice kinda keywords (2k'ish referals a day per kw). All told, I'd guess 250 of the top listings dropped down below the top page. Most onto page two and a few page threes from what I've looked at. Not all tragic, but I was hoping this would ride into the fall.
I have a feeling that to be ranked well, the thremes tactic that you advised needs to be taken to the extreme. For example, one of my sites had 110 city pages indexed in AV that had my main keyword mention in the title, meta's, and body. That got me to number 13. However in this new update I had 50 state pages that mentioned my main keyword in the title, meta's and body. Now I'm at number 4. Now I'm submitting another 300 international pages, hopefully that will rank me at the top. I went from dead last - 13 - 4 everytime I added new pages. What it sounds like to me is that you had 100 on one of those keywords. Where around 100 got me #13. The more the higher the ranking is my feeling. Any thoughts? By the way, Brett, thank you SO MUCH for your help, its done wonders.
First general impression is that pure information pages are boosted and pages that sell are lowered, even if they are strongly themed. Unfortunately, most of my clients sell -- another reason to get them to generate more informational content. It's as if the word "cart" is carrying negative weight in the algo.