apauto - 6:39 pm on Jun 29, 2011 (gmt 0)
I have a website that is having a problem ranking for the keyword red widgets. I'd love to get opinion from you guys... you reading this tedster? :)
I have a page dedicated to red widgets. It's a PR7. The page ranks for all kinds of long tail keyword around red widgets, but not for the keyword specifically.
I have another URL that is a PR5 that mentions Red Widgets, and that page for some reason it the one Google wants to rank. This page ranks on page 12 of google where as the real red widgets page ranks on page 48 (ouch!). This is a VERY competitive keyword, but c'mon, this page is a PR7, does it deserve to be on page 48?
About two weeks ago, the one on page 48 all of a sudden jumped to page 8, and stayed there for about two days, then went back to page 48.
The first page bounces around between page 11 and 13. The second page (the real one) bounces around between page 42 and 48.
When i do a site:mydomain.com red widgets, the url on page 48 shows up as the first result, the url on page 12 shows up as the 2nd result. Strange again.
I pointed all internal links with the anchor text "red widgets" to the page I want to rank, so I'm waiting to see if it goes back up to page 8.
I was thinking of removing "red widgets" from the title of the url that is on page 12 (that shouldn't be ranking), with the thought that the real page would either replace it, or move up in the rankings (back to page 8), but then I'm afraid the opposite might happen, and I just won't have anything rank for "red widgets".
This site has not been affected by any version of panda, if anything traffic continues to grow, but I'm having a problem with just this one specific keyword.
I think I've tried everything in the SEO book.