tyankee - 7:02 am on Jun 4, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 7:17 am (utc) on Jun 4, 2012]
tedster, thank you for the input. I did have a few people look at it and they said the main keyword was listed too many times on the home page - which is hard not to do for a classified ads site where owners list their offerings as 'keyword' in the title.. but i found ways to not list it as much as i could.. but still the new #1 site and many others above us, use that keyword even more than us.
I also removed a couple 'nofollow' affiliate links, made the site load faster, checked out backlinks - but the site just keeps dropping slowly.. first down to the 3rd page and then back to #5 for a week or so and then #7, #11, #13, #14.. and now 3 sites are ranked ahead of it that use the keyword with a different meaning..
i'm just dumbfounded.. and no one at google answers emails.. and god forbid they have a phone number you can call..
[edit reason] do not list your keywords, please [/edit]
[edited by: tedster at 7:17 am (utc) on Jun 4, 2012]