I had a totally major crash on my server 3 weeks ago. Worst case scenario.
a. file index corrupt.
b. backups for previous 6 days corrupt.
c. had to install 30 sites from week old backup.
d. much of the plesk backup was corrupt, and had to be redone.
As a result of all the stuffups, one whole section of one of my sites, lets call it the "blue widgets" section was not restored at all. As I was managing so many fires, I did not spot it till my rankings software showed me.
a. My site had gone from 35 to NOWHERE for "blue widgets".
b. Had gone from 11, to 7 for my main term, "widgets"
OK, so I go and fix the problem, a week later I have the number 35 spot back for "blue widgets" but on the same day my site drops to 13 for "wdigets.
i think there is something in my widgets section, that is attracting a penalty. Its not so bad that it stop me getting any rankings for "blue widgets" and it does not completely tank rankings on the whole site, but it does drag them down...
Anyone else seen something like this before?