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I would suspect a penalty for this, but it seems penalties are usually site specific, not term specific. We have gained ranking in many other terms, and have #1 and site links for several good terms.
It seems odd to me that Google would slap a penalty on one term, and allow us to gain rank in other money terms. But finding our site at 900 something for a term we ranked #1 for awhile ago seems bizarre.
Any advice? Ideas? Am I wrong about the single term penalty? Thanks ahead for any help you can give me.
But when I search for the 2 keyword phrase, that is also our domain name: kw1-kw2.it, the home page is now appearing in position 290 or so. This is a new occurence since the past week. We used to be #1 or #2 then dropped to #11, #10 for a long time.. now this.
I just don't understand if there is a penalty for the phrase or the page? Or it's not a penalty at all?
Top Level Summary for -950 and -30 Penalties [webmasterworld.com]
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If you want to explore the -950 issue, let's take that discussion to the last thread I linked to above.
There is another issue you should explore that is probably not the -950 penalty. Your domain name falling so low could be a sign of being scraped, hijacked, or even the intentional target of a malicious intention from someone else.
There are a good number of threads about those issues here, too. In addition to reviewing the items in the Hot Topics [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page, check out this current discussion featured on our Home Page:
Competitors Can Hurt Your Google Rankings [webmasterworld.com]