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I feel really bad for the first company if so I know they spent 100million to purchase that company in 1999 and have been successful. The one who stole their home page title is a PR8 and is successful too. So could Google be confused? IT scares me because it could happen to any of us.
It sounds like that site either suffered some penalties or made some other changes that otherwise got them bumped. Knowing why/how someone else got dropped from the SERPs is really hard because you have no idea what they may have done. Although their site looked like "an awesome site, no spam or anything", there's no telling how many dark grey techniques they were using in the background to stay at the top of a competitive SERP.
Don't worry about it, keep your focus on your own site.
There main url has been dropped since the last update. All of there other pages are still indexed.
Sounds like just another google glitch to me. The site will probably reappear in the next few weeks.
I thought that maybe it was because the competitor is now using their 10 word title tag word for word and is now ranking for the singular keywords that they used to rank for and maybe their homepage got rempved for duplicate content?
I have looked at their code as much as I could, back links, etc. Honestly I have never seen anything wrong with their site. It is just a quality site with great content, but I could be wrong. The only thing that peaked my interest was the fact that the other site completely changed their title to copy its competitor and now one page (the domain name) had disappeared.
They are still a PR7 even on the home page as well as site wide, but not indexed by google.
Overture search figures are partly an indication of search terms used by people but very often a term chosen by a publisher for part of his page content.
What can happen is a webmaster will create a page about, for instance, blue widgets. This is a popular page and gets 900,000 page views per month. At the bottom of the page the webmaster has put an overture feed for the search term 'pink widgets' and a message saying, "if you want information on pink widgets try these sponsored listings".
Overture will see 900,000 calls for a search on 'pink widgets' although in reality noone may have actually ever searched for that phrase. The searches are triggered by people searching for 'blue widgets' and not 'pink widgets'
It was not targeted, but if I ranked in the top 10 for it I would be thrilled to get all of that Traffic with natural resutls.