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A site that I work with is still scoring on most of the major keywords. This is a 7 year old, PR5 site. However, when I search for a few terms, they are simply gone (far less competitive keywords too). This is not the -950 penalty because I am not in the top 1000.
What makes this much stranger is, despite scoring for the biggest terms my pages do not show up in the allinanchor query (should be top 3) and when I do a site search the homepage is url only (tons of other pages are fine)
I am scoring for very competitive stuff but appear to have dropped for a decent amount of "lesser" terms and the home page does not appear when i do a site:domain.com search, even tough the home page is #1 for most terms.
I should mention that there is a 301 from home page to homepage.com/whatever but this has been there for 7 years without issue so I am not sure if this is relevant.
Anyone else go missing for select terms (not the -950) and/or see themselves scoring well, but not showing up when doing a site search or simply searching for the domain?
What is uncommon in your case is that you lost rankings on the minor words and retained them on the most important ones. That is definitely very strange.
[edited by: tedster at 4:22 am (utc) on July 30, 2008]
More than ever I get the feeling that Google has almost entirely lost their ability to make changes without really screwing things up for a huge percentage of sites.
Here in Poland I read some reports of sites getting filtered during the last TB PR update. Usually sites were filtered for X out of Y targeted phrases.
I do think it is still quite important to understand that Google is unintentionally screwing things up. It may be time, if you have not already, to think about developing or buying that 2nd site if you are someone that works with one only one major site.