Hi there, Everyone:
Question 1) Has anyone been able to get a page to escape Penguin by changing the URL slightly (so that any links pointing at the page would return 404s)?
Has anyone simply added an article such as a- or the- to their URL and been able to escape Penguin? Or made some other MINOR change to the URL that DOESN'T affect how google classifies the content of that page?
Question 2) Has anyone escaped Penguin with a 301 redirect to another internal page?
My page widget-photos.html stopped ranking for the keyword "widget photos" but STILL ranks for the singular "widget photo" as well as some three-word keywords that contain the phrase "widget photos," such as "widget photos displays"
When I say stopped ranking, I mean it was at #9 since last July and is now gone from the top 100 SERPs (and although I am not 100% sure of the exact date, it appears that it stopped ranking due to the Penguin update.)
I understand that by changing the URL I would either 1) lose ALL PR from external links pointing at the page, or 2) have to do a 301 redirect and possibly "redirect the penguin effect" to the new page.
While my preference is for a 301 redirect to help preserve whatever natural PR is out there, I haven't heard whether people have been able to recover from Penguin with a 301 to another page on the same domain.
Thanks in advance.