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My question is, could this be due to the change, or just Google's ranking of the page different a week later that would have happened regardless of the change?
Other folks may suggest that you do good HTML, pay attention to your content, and your page rankings will improve. Making good content is good advice. However, it does not currently help you get good Google rankings in the real world I am living in.
The newest five articles are shown on the index page which has a PR of 6...since it's a dynamic site, and I add an article or two a day, they are only there for a few days at a time.
Maybe that's why it drops because it doesn't have a PR6 link to it?
But then again, I have one article that ranks #1 for it's keyword and it's been off the index page for two weeks now.
Now about a week later, the article is longer linked from the main page due to new articles being there but it still exists (dynamic site). In order to get it you would click on say "This month's news..." and it is linked from there. Google has ranked the archive list 15th or 17th which now includes that keyphrase in the title of the article in question.
Have I confused you?
That's all it is. You can't have your cake and eat it to. Normally the pages you link to from your main page (like your article index) are more important than pages linked two clicks away from your main page.
If you don't consider a page important enough to link to it from your main page, Google follows your lead. It's not that cut and dried, but that is the idea.
Personally my Pagerank has been going up lately but my positions dropping. Very confused by it all. Getting bored with google now. I dont even usually use google for my own searches anymore. Today I did use google and I was looking for a popular product with 'meta' in its title. One of the top ranked results was something to do with meta editors at the odp. The results suck at the moment. More spam than ever, less relevant results than ever.
Also, I'm sure the recent backlinks update hasn't been taken into account in the serps yet. Anyone seen otherwise?
Leave it alone that has nothing to do with G's updates. This outdates pre-florida changes because it's just how google is. Meaning if you did this a year ago you'd still fall a tad. Title's are a prominent tag just a little tweek will make you drop. But you will come back :)