sheffnet - 3:23 pm on May 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
We have CityName-Keyword.com for our site (that's with a hyphen in the middle).
CityName Keyword is a very important keyphrase and is on the products that we and others sell. It's almost a brand similar to the example of, say, Kentucky-Whiskey.com, or Chantilly-Lace.com. There will be several producers of Whiskey in Kentucky and several producers of Lace in Chantilly (AFAIK). Our main product is made by several producers in our city, where we are based and we sell CityName Keyword product as retailers.
Until recently, we were number 1 on Google.co.uk for a search for "CityName Keyword" and we are still there on Google.com (we disappeard from there for a few days last week but are back again) but Google.co.uk has recently removed our site from at least the top 100 results if one searches for the main phrase that we would like to be found for.
If one searches for, say, "CityName Keyword Sets" we're at number 3.
If one searches for "CityName Keyword Online" we're at number 2.
But, "cityname keyword" has us nowhere on Google UK.
The problem is that we have been badly hit by our site disappearing for the main phrase: CityName Keyword
We're not trying th fool anyone here e.g. by having one business with multiple sites (London Keyword, Manchester Keyword, Birmingham Keyword etc etc). We just offer people the exact thing that they search for. We have access to more than one company's products in the city that make the product. We offer information alongside sales. There's nothing dodgy going on with our SEO.
Is there any likelihood that we will come back?
I sent Google a reinclusion request but we aren't really excluded. There's been no response yet. It's just that we're missing for the single most important keyphrase on which our site is based.
The site's been up for nearly 10 years. Has it run its course for cityname keyword?