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As background, we switched to a new domain name months ago, made the mistake of having multiple names pointed (forwarded) to the same site, and now have 301 redirects in place, and are finally getting page rank back. But our pages still remain lost in the depths of the SERPS....most having fallen from the top ten to not-in-the-top-1,000.
Can I change one page slightly, make a new version of it with a new name, and see how it fares? Is there another experiment I can try? Any advice would be appreciated.
There is no true way to find out if you are banned or not, but what is usually suggested is...If you are listed anywhere in the directory, then you are usually not banned. Some are sandboxed on that theory, but not many are banned these days for simple stuff like this.
Just be sure to change it enough so you are not pinging off any duplicate content filters.
Before any of this, let me ask, about when did your site loose your placement for keywords? was it at the time of a big update like the Florida one? Also know that PR had not been updated for over 3 months. Give some more details.
take a guess why penalty in place and fix problem first , then hope that next new filter checking picks up your changes and takes away penalty
joined:Jan 10, 2003
Lets try and stay on-board here, competetive "money" keywords are random results, pleeeaaase no bs take a look at at "real competetive searches" no rhyme no reason why a site page 1 should beat a site page 4 for the same "keyword". jeez it is blatent, the results are randomized.
Now if yo are in a "niche industry" you should have no probs ranking ok, providing you stick to basics.