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We have also ranked on the first page for the term "widgets".
In an update today I have discovered that while we still rank for the less competitive terms such as "buy widget widgets" and "widget widgets uk" we have completely disappeared for the term "widget widgets".
We still appear on the first page for the term "widgets" but it is only the URL showing (ie no description or page title).
I'm hoping maybe this is a Google crawl issue, but our headers are fine as are any sim spiders I run across the site. In fact we have changed nothing in recent times.
I've never seen this before - anybody have any comments?
If it's an important phrase see if you can get some inbound links with the missing phrase in the anchor text. Don't overdo it.
You can also change some of your internal links to reflect the missing phrase.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I think it is sometimes caused by glitch of some sort rather than a penalty.
This "disappearing for some searches but not others" phenomenon happened in a widespread fashion a few months ago.
The URL only part for your page though is not something I've seen with other pages though. That URL phenomenon happens briefly sometimes though when they are updating like today, so perhaps it won't continue for you.
[edited by: tedster at 5:53 pm (utc) on Oct. 21, 2006]
I don't worry about it as it usually works itself out again.