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other pages/keywords are stable (+/- one or two positions) and also traffic is stable. There is no shuffle in the ranks, just the target page is dropping.
But, if Google were looking for my reaction to the Transition Rank as suggested by Robert, then I am not sure if I am bound to get new links to legitimize the links gotten before rank tanked.
I'm going to guess it's most likely a coincidence.
you're damned if you do and damned if you don'tThat pretty much sums up my dilemma.
and work on the rest of your site
I know some webmasters are making significant on-page changes BEFORE an expected link spike to justify the influx.If Google is practicing such an approach (which makes sense to me), it will be a case study to see if adding really useful pages of content, promoting and link baiting looks to Google as a natural part of a site's evolution and passes the residual benefit to the target page that tanked.
Needless to say the pages will be interlinked contextually, target page that is dropping included.
No, planning it as a sub directory.
Is this a subdirectory that's going to be funneling link juce into your target page? Any other subdirectories? Is your target page touching on a core topic of the site?Robert, the target page is just another product page of the site. The new subdirectory will not be funneling traffic to this target page. The articles in that subdirectory will have contextual links to many other pages of the site along with the target page. The target page will not be treated any differently than other pages of the site. If there is a context within an article, if linked to a page users will benefit from, then that page will be linked contextually.
The page that you're funneling everything into... is it part of the subdirectory too? Are the nav keywords leading to it obvious matches?As I mentioned, the traffic will not be funneled into the target page alone, but to any page of the site the context demands. The target page being a product page that people can buy, is not a part of the subdirectory, which will only host informative articles in it. Yes, vocabulary of contextual links is the context that people can understand, not a keyword-rich anchor text that is quite pre-penguin.