Hi there, Everyone:
I wonder if one of my pages might be have an over optimization penalty, and hope you might have ideas on how to determine if I do, and what the best method of correcting it might be.
An Example: I am trying to rank for the keywords "widget photos"
my domain name is: thewidgetpanorama . com/ and it is about 16 months old.
I want my page /widget-photos.html to rank for the "widget photos" keywords. However, it does NOT appear in the first 300 search results in google
my page /widget-images.html currently ranks around 59th in the serps
My widget-photos.html page is linked to directly from the home page. The widget-images.html page is NOT. In fact, it is only linked to from the widget-photos.html page.
The title text of my widget-photos.html page is: Widget Photos and Images: Reproductions of Widget Pictures
The title text of my widget-images.html page is: Widget Images
my widget-photos.html contains not only about a dozen products, but a pretty extensive unique history of widget photography
The Plot Thickens...
While this site is 16 months old, it was "in competition" with another site of mine, which had similar material (but different enough to hopefully not get a duplicate content penalty).
On February 18th, I took all the widget images material off the old site and 301 redirected it to the most relevant pages on the new site.
The home page of the OLD site (which DID have the words widget photos in the title) ranks 48th for the keyword widget photos (it was ranking around 16th with an indented listing to its widget-photos.html page back in mid February when I moved the content to the new site, and back in the day, it ranked in the top 5 many years ago).
The old site has a link on the home page in the first paragraph of text to the widget-photos.html page of the new site. The anchor text is widget photos
the widget-photos.html page of the old site has been 301 redirected to the widget-photos.html page of the new site.
And Google Says...
Google analytics tells me that the widget-photos.html page of the new site is the most popular page on my site, but the keywords people are using to find it are things like "widget photos history" or "widget photos techniques" " or "meaning of widget photos" - basically, NOT money making keywords.
Immediately after 301 redirecting the old widget-photos.html page to the new site's widget-photos.html page, the new site's widget-photos.html page's traffic quadrupled.
Within three days though, it was down to only being double the traffic it had previously got. (I guess that it took google about three days to "index" the 301 redirect, which is when the traffic dropped from about quadruple to just double.)
I don't have many links. Like maybe 20 (mostly reciprocals) to the home page - none to the widget-photos.html page, and none to the widget-images.html page. I do have about 25 to a different section of my site that is unrelated to widget photography (so different, in fact, that I will probably be breaking it off to another site in the next 6 months or so).
Any suggestions on how to analyze this or what direction to move forward would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any suggestions.