londrum - 6:59 pm on Jul 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
what a complete load of nonsense SEO has become.
we get punished for daring to change a word on our own page?
who dreamt that one up.
maybe google wants to scare us into leaving everything as it is, so they don't have to bother updating their index every month.
its not a penalty at all, is it. if it happens like you say it does, then its because the index has grown so large and unwiedly that it takes a while for the 'new' page to be slotted in where it belongs. in the meantime it just has to wait its turn, like every other new page.
if you've got the kind of site that gets crawled every five minutes then it will likely go straight back in. but for the rest of us mere mortals, we'll end up sucking our thumbs while we wait.
there's nothing wrong with changing your page, and people shouldn't be scared by mythical penalties.