mihomes - 11:17 pm on Mar 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
Yeah, I know everything you just said. Yes, my emds are the company/website name and I would never use them in any other manner or fashion nor have I. Others who link to the site do the same and have so for over 10 years. So while it may be the name of the site it does not matter now for Google and I am confident that since majority of anchor links across the web reference it correctly as the site/company name it has brought on some penalty (I must be trying to game the system for these keywords - not that I choose to name my site/company that all those years ago lol). At the time it made sense, and still does, your site is Affordable Widgets so lets call it that and get that domain - not now.
Sometimes it would be nice to actually tell people a specific site so they can go look for themselves. More often than not advice is given on this board and since there is no reference it is hard to get a grasp on what the person is talking about. This would be one of those times.
Your first page for 10 year site does not happen to fall off exactly when the emd update happens and not have to do with it. I have dug deeper on sites then I probably ever have looking for any possibility something could be construed as negative and have come to the conclusion it is the pure fact of having an emd. This scenario is consistent with my portfolio as well.