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I just renewed the domain earlier this month so it has been more than a year.
Its a real pain having to transfer the domain though. I'd love to know why google feels it necessary to ignore certain sites' backlinks. Could it be some type of penalty? I've been monitoring a competitors site and whats happened with it suggests that it could be a penalty. This site was originally informational only about certain products. Once it got to PR5 they filled it with affiliate links to just one shopping site for those products. A few weeks later all its back links were gone and its PR is dropping. I know their backlinks are still active, but google seems to have chosen to no longer register them. This suggests to me that they are being penalised for being an affiliate farm.
I have a similar problem which I put down to a duplicate problem. Both www and non-www versions of the domain resolve to exactly the same site with a 200 response.
I know that I have some backlinks that should show but none do. The site was dropped like a stone at Austin.
I've changed all of my internal URLs to absolute so that it is only the index page which is a dupe. It is now at #460 in SERPs. I have no option to install .htaccess etc and think that all I can now do is to move to a new server without this problem.
"Please visit our "Add URL" page to input your URLs. You can submit your site as often as you like, but multiple submissions will not improve the likelihood of your site being added or accelerate the process. We do not penalize sites for 'over-submitting'. If you choose to submit your site, only the top-level domain is necessary, as the spiders will follow your internal links to all the rest of the pages."
Sid, I know that you contacted Google about this problem. I also know that GoogleGuy suggested that we contact them with a keyword in the subject line and that he would get something done about. Did you get any response when you did so? (I didn't.)