zoltan - 7:07 pm on Mar 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
So, it looks like duplicate content is the main issue. I own a real estate website where we have a 6 line description (with our own words) of what we are and what we try to become. I just searched for 8 consecutive words from those sentences on google, and we are nowhere! Our site is not a content site, its content is generated 99% by real estate listing posters, yet those tiny fraction of own content (we have others as well, helps, about us, etc.) is copied by scrapers who try to compete us! Shame on them, they are not capable of writing 2-3 sentences... And, google list my site nowhere for my own sentence!
Now, I replaced those sentences as my main homepage is the one that is hit the most, for some terms we went to position 9 from 3 and for another one we went from 13 to 100-110. Let's see what will be the effect. Lucky me, in 20 minutes the new content is already cached, let's see if this will have a positive effect in getting back my earlier positions.