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Once upon a time, I enjoyed wonderful rankings for a whole bunch of terms. Then the penalties started. Well, we all know that tune and it's a sad one. Up and down, but mostly down, in a big big way.
Now here's the weird thing:
Google's Webmaster Tools/Query Stats page shows a #14 Top Query Search Clicks ranking with a #3 Average Top Position for one of my important two keyword phrases. Yet when I click the phrase (or otherwise run a normal query) the phrase does not appear on the Google search results page.
I also have a very important one word phrase that's in the same boat - it shows at #6 and #7 on that Webmaster Tools chart, but is nowhere to be found in the search results.
My site is clean, all original content, been around for a decade. No doubt I've made a mistake (or mistakes) somewhere along the way, but trying to figure out exactly what is making the algos angry is making me crazy (and driving me to the poor house).
Other terms in the lists are shown with relatively accurate postions. It's just my most important that have been flushed. :(