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By moved - do you mean to a new IP?
Our main site does VERY well. Our secondary site does RATHER well. The only thing it doesn't do well for is the main keywords were going after - we're down around 600-700 on Google. Crazy thing is that for Yahoo/MSN beta we're top #7.
I've tried removing almost every reference to our main keyword, but it didn't help. One problem is that we reference our main keyword A LOT on our page. We can't really help it. Let's say we sell saddles, we have our list of saddle types: leather saddles, riding saddles, fancy saddles, US saddles, etc. etc.
I wish there was some way to confirm an OOP penalty, and I wish there was an easy way around it. We score #1 for the vast majority of our keywords, except that one phrase.
Derek, you're solution sounds interesting. Are your two domains now on completely different IP clusters? Also, when you say "deep linked into" do you mean from one site to the other? Or from another site you may own? Thanks in advance.....
I moved one to a different IP, and I now cross-link one or two selected deep pages as well as home pages.
The moved site has done very well in Google, and its deep links have got Google interested in THAT area of the (non-moved site), with a result that I can freshed the non-moved site more easily.
But after being in the top 5 for the better part of two years for their key terms, they spent last year lost in the abyss, starting in January 2004.
It looks like you were hit by update Florida; the major shake up was in November 2003, but secondary waves came in the following months. Telling by the date you joined WebmasterWorld, I presume you didnīt read about it.
Before Florida, a few interlinked sites with good PR and right keywords could boost you to the first page; after Florida, itīs another completely different game.