EditorialGuy - 12:49 am on Jul 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
But the most appropriate anchor text for a visitor happens to be the most appropriate text for search engines, which has caused my site not to rank AT ALL for that keyword.
How do you know that your internal links have caused your site not to rank at all for the [anchor text] keyword? I haven't had that problem, and I'm sure there are many other Webmaster World members who use descriptive anchor text for internal links without having their rankings for [anchor text] disappear.
You said that the page most affected has two inbound links, one legit and one questionable. Maybe that's where the problem lies. Have you considered disavowing the questionable link and, ideally, getting a few additional legitimate backlinks for that page?