petehall - 2:15 pm on Mar 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
Interesting, our rankings haven't really been affected but we're down about 30% in traffic. Something to do with the long tail perhaps?
@gyppo I am finding the longer the tail, the worse it affects the accuracy.
If I try a large multi-word (8+) search for a page I know exists using the exact words it's optimised for then it's often nowhere to be seen.
Throw a couple of words into the mix which are loosely related to the page but not the target term and they are easily found.
It seems to me that the site is ranking better on related terms than on exact match / target phrases.
Which sounds like over optimisation to me...