dickbaker - 3:57 am on Feb 27, 2011 (gmt 0)
robert76, I'm sorry for asking questions that I can see now were too intrusive. I just thought that, with your site being one with 100% original hand-written content, but one that still suffered, we might be able to consider some other factors.
On the "stale old site" issue: several posts back I mentioned a site I did for a retailer in 2001 that's been sitting on page one for years for a certain phrase, despite the fact that nobody has touched the site. Well, in checking other key phrases I found that site on page one for other phrases as well. It's like an old anvil that won't budge.
In looking at phrases in other niches that I was tracking for a long time last year, I see that some of the sites that were page one for certain phrases now cannot be found even in the first 150 results for those phrases. They didn't just get demoted, they were vaporized.