Robert_Charlton - 10:20 am on Sep 16, 2012 (gmt 0)
LostOne - I'm taking some wild stabs at some possible problems, based on your descriptions above and how you've titled various posts.
Widget Listings East Coast Zone
Widget Listings Central Zone
Widget Listings Plains Zone
Widget Listings Western Zone
Is this data that's unique to your site, or is this a compilation of material that's out there, though perhaps uniquely compiled? I ask, because that was one of the changes Google's made in the past couple of years... simply having data in a database and re-sorting it doesn't create new content. Your use of the word "listings" sounds like this might be database sorted material available elsewhere.
Also, you're not likely to do well if you have similar content with keywords added to target for different geo areas. Again, I don't know if that's the case, but I get the sense it might be.
Hey, I don't have a dozen pages on how to pour a glass of milk (example), but I do have three or four that talk about the types of milk. And there are probably 20 or 30 main subject areas with the same characteristics -- all having title tags with the same major keyword phrases.
I wonder how you're breaking up your subject. Eg, if you had a site about car repair, and your pages were "Car Repair - Part 1", "Car Repair - Part 2", etc, this IMO wouldn't be sufficient differentiation, not if there were a lot of this in the site. You'd want different topics for different parts of the car... eg (and forgive sloppy examples, but it's late)...
- Tuning a Widget Engine
- Adjusting Your Car's Brakes
- How to Fix a Clutch
Google doesn't want one endless page, but it also doesn't want individual pages that are too similar. Hard to tell without "widget" type examples. Please clarify what you're doing.
Are you working with a professional writer or editor... or are you writing content yourself? It's often helpful to have a second set of eyes, to get someone else's input on what you've written.