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Is this a concidence? Now google does spiders our site daily, as well last wekk I was able to gain over 100 inbound links to our site.. And no i did not post it to a FFA site link, they were all proper links.
I also believe that he is questioning whether it is an association between his phrase and adwords. Google says alot of things, but that may or may not be the real deal.
We have the same problem. We have four main phases that are relevant to our business. These are not highly competitive as indicated below. Since I can't be more specific, I'll just say that these words would be like using gold widgets to describe a site that sells gold widgets were a search of widgets only returns around 8 million.
Key Phrase 1 = 144,000 (Total Listings)
Key Phrase 2 = 266,000 (Total Listings)
Key Phrase 3 = 216,000 (Total Listings)
Key Phrase 4 = 125,000 (Total Listings)
For the above main and extremely relevant phrases, we don't even show up in the first 10,000 listings. I haven't been able to find a way to research beyond that to confirm if we even show up at all.
What is interesting is by going through my logs, any search term that we received traffic from, under that term if we are using it in our adwords campaign, it does not show with a listing. If we are in the regular listing, it is a term we are not using in our adwords campaign.
This actually is so blatent, we have started documenting it per some professional advice.
optimized html=no improvement
got more quaility relevant links=no improvement
tracked all links for penalized site=found none
reduced meta keyword to just 10=no improvement
tighten title tag=no improvement
rewrote meta description=no improvement
increased relevant content=no improvement
checked density and refined=no improvement
tried keyword stuffing like competitor=no improvement
I can go on an on, but it 6 months, nothing has helped us on our main relevant key phrases, even asking google if we are being penalized.
GG, would google be willing to put that statement on official letterhead, signed by a corporate officer and send it to me? Sorry, I could not resist
[edited by: jim_w at 10:57 pm (utc) on Jan. 13, 2004]
Did that and paid dearly for it as they are PR8. Didn't help, but luckily for me the site owner is more interested in helping and what the problem is then being greedy and has left it up even though I can't continue to compensate him for it.