1script - 12:21 am on Aug 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
This used to be a sign of the dreaded -50 penalty. Is it not anymore?
when I perform a site:example.com command for my site the index page is in position 3-5 beneath
Even if -50 penalty is a thing of the past (haven't heard about it in a while) I would still check... Do you see a significant reduction in the number of long-tail KWs? It may not actually result in a big drop in traffic if you have enough of trophy KWs. It'll just look as if the traffic becomes "less diverse", so to speak. Helps to use log tools like Visitors [hping.org] that can show just the total amount of Google KWs. So, yeah, if the total number of KWs sending visitors from Google dropped, I would get worried...