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I would think that you are probably tipping off the over-optimization flags as the previous posted said.
My advice, when you make changes, make them s-l-o-w-l-y and track to see what actually helps, and what hurts.
Instead I don't easily find these pages any more. I guess they're still in there just listed a lot lower. What I do see is where Google has selected other of my pages to kind of replace in the serps the pages I optimized. I assume I was penalized some how but can't figure out the specifics.
I've sat back & watched one of them came back on page 3 in Google. It's been relatively stable there.
The dilemma is whether I should change the websites to make them rank better on Google, or whether just to let them be since they're doing ok on 2 other search engines.
Did you hear MSN and Yahoo are each forecasted to have 45% search engine market share by the end of 2005?
those "directories" that scrap stuff from Google.
If you rank high in one update, your "links" with exact title will pop on up in hundreds of them.
If this isn't over optimization I don't know what is.