Planet13 - 9:00 pm on Sep 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
I registered the .co.uk domain name of the Widgets model name (it's only called this in EU) and began to build a small site.
i wonder if this is possibly part of the problem.
Is it possible that having an exact match domain based on a product (for which you are not the manufacturer) can be a liability?
For example, if Foo Bar Widget company created the Turbo Widget 3000 and I register a domain called turbowidget3000.co.uk and I have no direct relationship with the Foo Bar Widget Company, could that come back to bite me on the hind?
We've heard people say that exact match domains are doing more poorly than in the past.
We've also heard that "branding" is playing a bigger role in ranking.
and we generally believe that google is well informed about who "owns" a site.
So maybe google is saying, "Wait a minute, you aren't the Foo Bar Widget Company - who are you trying to fool?"
Maybe just speculation, but I think it is worth examining further.