flicky - 1:47 am on Dec 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
What do you make of this?
I used to rank on the first page for hundreds of high quality single and two word phrases related to my industry. Since May, the only way I am able to come up for these phrases is if I include "keyword" in the phrase. So if my domain is keyword.com and the phrase I used to rank on is "widgets", the only way to see my site is to search for "widgets keyword". In those cases, I come up #1 every time. Keep in mind that my domain is a common term.
I received confirmation from Google that I DO NOT have a manual penalty. This must be purely algorithmic. I am guessing it has something to do with anchor over-optimization.