---- 22-23 September Google traffic dropped dramatically
Bentler - 10:57 pm on Sep 26, 2004 (gmt 0)
Based on my pages, it seems that Google is putting some sort of penalty on pages with the exact search phrase on the page. Pages with all the keywords, but not together seem to show up near the top. Exact phrases are later.
I noticed early this month G used a spam filter on one of my pages because a target keyphrase was repeated twice in close proximity in the first paragraph. Adsense displayed public service ads on the page for weeks. I edited it to use more natural language and related terms, and it was picked up within a day. Yours might be another part of the filter.