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[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:33 am (utc) on Mar 9, 2013]
If it is an over optimization penalty though, why the homepage?
and why on earth would I receive such a harsh punishment of being deemed spam in the back of the serps?
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 7:13 am (utc) on Mar 9, 2013]
[edit reason] removed specifics, per Charter [/edit]
What you said makes sense, about the whole website being looked at as a whole - however then why the remaining ranking pages.
On that same thought, have you ever seen google implement a change that negatively affected search results for a period of time, and then reversed those changes?
The thing that really gets me is this hasnt been announced anywhere, and asking on the google ranking section gets me flamed and people call me a spammer and google knows everything basically and if I am in the spam then I deserve to be. Such a negative environment over there.
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I did change all the anchor text on the site from "product Review" to "My Experience With Product A" and so forth.
Every page including my homepage is sandboxed and ranks for nothing anymore. But three pages to still rank in google on page one, all the rest are gone.
Is this specific to a kind of penalty?
Some information in WMT can be useful...
but my number 1 competition also has a KW match domain name and ranks for everything just fine with less content per page, and less pages overall