TheOptimizationIdiot - 5:55 am on Mar 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
What you said makes sense, about the whole website being looked at as a whole - however then why the remaining ranking pages.
It sounds to me like that page (or those pages) aren't "optimized" as much and if it's an over-optimization penalty the rest of the site is hit with, then it actually means the page(s) not hit are actually the ones that are optimized for right now.
When I said I'd "match some other Product Review Pages" to the one that ranks I mean I'd copy and paste the source code of the one that's ranking and modify the text on it for another product, with the same link text to other pages only different product name. The same number of paragraphs and even sentences in the paragraphs. The same title except for changing the product. The same H1 except for the product. The same description except for the product. I mean I'd just plain mirror the stinkin thing for other products and noindex the rest of the pages that are linked to from those pages.
On that same thought, have you ever seen google implement a change that negatively affected search results for a period of time, and then reversed those changes?
It happens quite a bit for a small drop, but not 200 positions. When you drop that much you're in "find what's wrong and fix it" territory. A drop that big has not been a fluctuation or a temporary shift that I can recall seeing or reading about.
The thing that really gets me is this hasnt been announced anywhere, and asking on the google ranking section gets me flamed and people call me a spammer and google knows everything basically and if I am in the spam then I deserve to be. Such a negative environment over there.
I don't ever bother wasting my time with anywhere else and haven't in the near decade I've been online, and that's one of the many reasons why.