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Could it be that I am getting a penalty for too many keywords. My site is solid PR4 on all DCs, his is 3 on all DCs... I have Google 43 backlinks from quality sites. He has 12 mostly from directories.
I checked his site and he does not even have the word "example" in his Title, Metas or on the page...
I thought I knew a thing or two about SEO, this has got me miffed...
Thanks in advance for the help...
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:44 pm (utc) on Feb. 5, 2007]
[edit reason] examplified [/edit]
In other words if anchor text says "Blue Widgets Site" and the destination site doesn't have those words on it, shouldn't this new algo change minimize the importance of those anchor words?
MSN shows 526 for me 21 for him
I have just changed the title of my blog to reflect the keyword phrase I am targeting, lets see if this does anything. I was really solid for all these keywords for the last 2 years before this recent update and then things got a little shakey... Thanks GOOG...
> My site is solid PR4 on all DCs, his is 3
GFD. (Green Fairy Dust). That 3 or 4 could be based on previous indexes, or calced on indexes we haven't even seen yet. The backlinks showing may also be suspect. Like someone said - check alltheweb and msn to see what yahoo and microsoft have to say.
The words don't appear on the page, they appear in relation to the page some where. Google isn't just making up the rankings out of thin air.
Compare your links to his, without prejudging the outcome
581 links versus 98 is a big gap, can you say whether a lot of your links are from the same websites, like , if you where to count how many wholly separate sites your links come from, would it still be close to 500+
Then there's the harder stuff to uncover -- the link pop tranferred through 301 redirects from other domains. Perhaps this is your competition's secret weapon.
So it takes a lot of study to understand just the backlinks part of the total picture. The raw link count is just the very tip of a pretty complex iceberg,