diberry - 1:32 am on Nov 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
Okay, my pattern changed today. I'm now #1 for any variation on "my domain widget tutorials". But I'm still deindexed for "widget tutorials" itself. Remember that I'm making steady improvement to the site - it's likely that getting rid of that link I realized belatedly was spammy has helped.
I may be looking at this wrong, but I'm thinking it's like this:
--Being still de-indexed for "widget tutorials" means Google's not ready to trust that page again yet for whatever reason.
--Now being #1 for "my domain widget tutorials", when I was totally de-indexed before, could suggest my domain itself is gaining strength with Google.
So, maybe (especially if we just had a Penguin update, as some have speculated) Google upgraded my Penguin score a little for the overall domain, but is still holding certain pages down.