turbocharged - 3:58 pm on Aug 18, 2013 (gmt 0)
Agree with atlrus completely. There's a big difference between common sense and manipulation. It would be perfectly logical for a website selling a widget to have widget in its domain name. Manipulation occurs when shady links are built to rank the site, it stuffs keywords, etc.
Since this still works I am considering buying an EMD in this vertical, and using the same tactic, since it appears that Google still has trouble dealing with it.
Chances are Google is dealing with it perfectly fine. Everyone believes their sites should rank number one, and it's possible that yours should. However, it's more likely that your "brand" and the keyword(s) you believe that you should be ranking for are not properly aligned.